Campaign for more dementia awareness

People with dementia in the Borders are being invited to become members of a new campaigning and awareness raising group.

Once established, the Borders Dementia Working Group (BDWG) will campaign to improve services, raise awareness, reduce stigma and influence policies related to dementia.

The initiative will form part of the wider Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) whose members all have a diagnosis of dementia. The group campaigns to improve services for people with dementia and to improve attitudes towards people with dementia.

Establishment of the BDWG is being done in a partnership of Scottish Borders Council (SBC), NHS Borders, Alzheimer Scotland and Borders Voluntary Care Voice.

Councillor Frances Renton, SBC’s executive member for social work and housing said: “We are keen to hear from anyone with dementia who would like to be involved in making a difference to not only their own lives, but also as a voice for others with the condition who need someone to speak up for them. Successful groups like this are already being run elsewhere in Scotland and it is time that people with dementia in the Borders are given the same opportunity to have their say about the issues that matter to them.”

Peter Lerpiniere, newly appointed NHS Borders Dementia Nurse Consultant said: “NHS Borders is committed to involving people with dementia in making our services dementia friendly. The BDWG reinforces that commitment and creates a great opportunity for local people with dementia to help us get it right.”

To find out more, contact the Task Team in SBC’s Social Work department on 01835 825080 or at: swtaskteam@scotborders.gov.uk.