Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT) received funding from Life Changes Trust to support dementia friendly communities. Since receiving the funding, AFCCT facilitated a consultation with partners to help shape the project. We also involve those with dementia to help shape the project. Once the stakeholders were in agreement, the process began. All full time AFCCT staff have completed Dementia Friends training, Adult Protection Training and Advanced Dementia Training, as well as part time staff , volunteers and participants all completing Dementia Friends session. Since the launch, AFCCT have now helped upskill over 30 members of staff from partner organisations across the city, with over 25 dementia friendly activity sessions on o er in Aberdeen. Links made with local council, NHS, and third sector organisations to target those who need help and to advertise sessions. Dementia Friendly activities include Health Walks, Walking Football, Dementia Friendly Cafés, TechnoGym, Qi Gong, Stable and Able, Table Tennis, Reminiscence Sessions, The Golden Games, Sheltered Housing activity, Care Home activity and Day Care Centre activity. The programme has grown from 12 sessions to over 25 per week. The number of participants over the age of 65 has grown from 100 to over 500 in the first part of the programme, with over 50 people affected by dementia attending different activities every week. Every session is evaluated and participants are actively involved in not only giving feedback, but to help plan and shape the programmes to ensure needs of the group are being met and the group is supported to do activities that matter to them.
David Smith, Senior Community Projects Officer
+44 122 465 0400
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