DSDC News

By Henriette Laidlaw

January 20th, 2017

A helping hand

Due to the generous backing of supporters the DSDC is able to develop and deliver high quality dementia care training across many care environments.

One of those key supporters is The Royal Arch Freemasonry who have been a long standing loyal supporter and friend of the centre. In 2016 the centre was presented with a generous donation for which we are very grateful. In addition, we were extremely please to be told that DSDC has been nominated as their main charitable cause for 2017.

Below Mr Bill Annand of The Royal Arch Freemasonry talks about the relationship with the centre and their choice of DSDC for their 2017 appeal.


Our association with DSDC started in 1994 when our then First Grand Principal, the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, after outlining how dementia was growing and affecting society in general, encouraged us to donate £25,000 towards the cost of building the Iris Murdoch Building. A further £2,000 was gifted two years later.

The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland will soon be celebrating their Bi-centenary, so in 2013 our current First Grand Principal, John Alexander Fraser, suggested that Supreme Grand Chapter may wish to consider adopting the DSDC as our chosen cause to assist in 2017, our anniversary year. With the agreement of our Grand Committee we set a challenge for our members – if they could raise donations the Bi-centenary Supreme Grand Chapter would match what was raised. 

We were totally overwhelmed when the members took this cause, known affectionately as “The Iris Murdoch Appeal”, and their generosity has been second to none. The work carried out by the Centre has been taken to heart. Dementia is a condition that has no barriers and our members, like society, know people who are affected by dementia. Our resolve to support the Centre was further increased after a visit to Stirling in April 2015. 

The link between DSDC and our Douglas Philand has helped to bring a better understanding of this condition to our members. 

Our members, at home and overseas, are delighted that the periodic release of the funds donated so far have been put to good use in the Centre’s training programme for front line staff across Scotland.

In November 2016 we had a celebration and presented Mrs Pauline Cameron (DSDC) with a cheque of donations from the chapter. To date we have supported more than 500 frontline staff enabling them to access an accredited training programme. The staff work across healtha nd social care throughout Scotland.

Finally, I thank the dedicated staff at the Dementia Services Development Centre for their efforts and I wish them every success for the future.

Bill Annand


Shirley Law, Head of Learning and Development

We are privileged to work with the Supreme Grand Royal Chapter of Scotland. Their support allows individuals the necessary funds to access learning and development and help them improve their care and support to people with dementia and their families.

The photo above shows: Duncan Cameron, Pauline Cameron - Learning and Development Officer, DSDC , Andrew S. McKeen - Grand Superintendent PGRAC of Mid & East Lothian, and Mrs Lynda McKeen.