DSDC is delighted to announce that they will be working in partnership with Veterans Scotland after receiving a £20,000 grant from the MoD Covenant Fund.
The grant will allow DSDC and Veterans Scotland to develop and pilot carers days specifically for veterans with a diagnosis of dementia and their families . Over the next year, 12 pilot sessions will be run across Falkirk and District, with a view to roll out a full programme in 2017.
Pauline Cameron, DSDC’s Learning & Development Officer and a veteran herself, will be running the pilot sessions: “having spent many years working with people with dementia, their families and carers, I can appreciate just how much of a lifeline carers information days can be. For those in our community who have spent time in the armed forces, they can have complex needs and indeed be supported in different ways. By developing and piloting bespoke programmes we hope to be able to improve the lives of veterans and their families who have been touched by a diagnosis of dementia.”
Pat Reid, Provost of Falkirk, has kindly agreed to be Patron of the project and will be supporting DSDC and Veterans Scotland over the coming year.
The initial phase will be a period of consultation, which will be launching within the coming weeks. By the end of the summer, DSDC and Veterans Scotland will be running the first of the 12 events.
If you’re interested to find out more about this project, or indeed get involved, please contact Lorraine at Lorraine.McAuley@stir.ac.uk or 01786 467342.