The islands of Uist are to become dementia friendly thanks to £150,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust and £42,000 from the Robertson Trust.
The money will be used to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers on the island communities of Berneray, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay. The aim of the project, run by Tagsa Uibhist, is to raise awareness of dementia, reduce stigma, and enable people living with a diagnosis of dementia to live well within their own community.
Tagsa Uibhist will also run a dementia resource hub and manage a range of services including:
- housing advice and support
- regular meeting group and social activities
- home respite for carers, and a carers’ gathering supported by Western Isles Community Care Forum
- dementia awareness training across the isles
- an activity programme for people living with dementia
Dr. Peter Keiller, Chairman of Tagsa Uibhist said: "We are delighted to receive substantial funding for this exciting new project from the Life Changes Trust and the Robertson Trust. A big thank you to Tagsa staff for their hard work in securing this award. This is a major opportunity to bring together people living with dementia, carers, organisations already involved and everyone in our community to find new and better ways to deal with dementia in an inclusive and empowering way for those affected by it.”