Update from the Stirling field site

As ever, it has been a busy time for the Stirling Team and we are now well into the intervention phase of our project, allowing us to ‘test’ some of our findings through working with people living with dementia in the Stirling area. We are also working hard to write up findings, and to share these through publications and presentations at international conferences.

Launch of the Our Connected Neighbourhoods Project

In August 2017 we were fortunate to receive funding from the Life Changes Trust as part of a consortium bid to host a community development initiative that will test our research findings in the local area. The consortium was supported by a number of local organisations, led by Artlink Central, and including Stirling Council, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, Town Break Stirling, Alzheimer Scotland, and the local NHS Adult Community Mental Health Team.

Volunteers at  Connected Neighbourhoods Project
Volunteers attend a training event for the Our Connected Neighbourhoods Project

The project aims to help create ‘participatory neighbourhoods’ which support people living with dementia to remain socially, physically, culturally, and politically active within their communities.

Working materials from our arts and inclusion workshops
Care home residents take part in our ‘arts and inclusion’ workshops

We are working in a number of Stirling Neighbourhoods including Plean, Bridge of Alan, Bannockburn, and Merket Cross/Top of the Town. We have also been involved in developing arts based activity in a number of Stirling-based care homes. The project is supported by a group of local volunteers who are also involved in a participatory evaluation of the project.

If you would like to find out more about Our Connected Neighbourhoods or to get involved please email our Inclusion and Integration Coordinator David Budd. You can also find out more by visiting our website.