Information & Support

 

Voluntary Sector

Age Scotland

Age Scotland is an organisation working to improve the lives of all people in later life, challenging prejudices about older people and helping them enjoy a better later life by providing vital support.

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland. Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia Working Group

The Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) is a national campaigning group, run by people with dementia. They are an independent voice of people with dementia within Alzheimer Scotland. The Working Group campaigns to improve services for people with dementia and to improve attitudes towards people with dementia.

National Coalition of Carers

The aims of the Coalition are to provide networking, information and mutual support for carer-led organisations in Scotland and to bring carers and workers together to explore ideas, and identify key issues affecting carers in Scotland.

National Dementia Carers Network

The National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) are a national campaigning group, part of Alzheimer Scotland, that aims to represent and raise awareness of the particular challenges encountered by carers of people with dementia.

Our Big Box

Our Big Box helps families, friends and loved ones to connect, stimulating conversation and inclusion through reminiscence. Our Big Box can be used as a reminiscence tool for anyone, any family and any network of friends - although they have an initial focus on dementia.

Royal Voluntary Service in Scotland

The Royal Voluntary Service is a volunteer organisation that supports older people by giving time and practical assistance to help them get the best from life.

Government

Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate is the independent scrutiny and improvement body for care services in Scotland.  It is leading new joint inspections of children's services in every area of Scotland.

Scottish Government’s Scottish National Dementia Strategy

This is Scotland’s second National Dementia Strategy. The first was published in 2010 and focused on improving the quality of dementia services through more timely diagnosis and on better care and treatment, particularly in hospital settings. It began the process of the transformation of care across all sectors in anticipation of the growing number of people with dementia.

Research

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre, University of Edinburgh

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre is in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and provides a high quality environment for dementia research. The facility provides a high-quality research environment for investigations into the causes and treatment of dementia, and care provided by relatives and friends.

Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling

DSDC is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. They draw on research and practice, from across the world, to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on all aspects of dementia.

Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network – SDCRN

Bringing together Scotland’s leading academics and clinicians, the network aims to turn scientific discoveries into safe and effective treatments, promoting clinical research into dementia across Scotland.

Sources of Public Information

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. They offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey.

Care Information Scotland

The Care Information Scotland website and telephone service provides information about a range of care services for older people living in Scotland. This is a handy guide to help you get started if this is the first time you are looking for support for yourself, a friend or family member and really do not know where to start.

Dementia Managed Knowledge Network (Dementia MKN)

The dementia MKN offers up-to-date information, new resources and opportunities for discussion.  Any person who is interested in improving care and support for people with dementia, and their families and carers, can join this network. The network is managed by a steering group with membership from NHS Education for Scotland, among others.

Living it Up (LiU)

Living it Up is a £10 million digital health, care and wellbeing project which aims to help people find information about services in their local area. The package will match people’s needs and interests with professional information, local services, activities and events in their community. LiU is accessed via televisions, smartphones, tablets and game consoles.

NHS Inform

NHS Scotland’s pubic information service, which includes a helpline and website.