In the last few weeks it has been announced that Councillors from Stirling Council have approved additional budget to make Stirling dementia friendly.
The original budget commitment was £50,000 however Councillors have more than doubled this initial commitment by promising a further £52,000 to the project. The project has been ongoing for a number of years, with the project itself founded on recommendations from a report that the DSDC was commissioned to conduct by Stirling Council. Most recently the DSDC completed a number of Design Audits on public buildings around the city which included the bus station and the Albert Halls.
Convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said:
“The challenges faced by people living with dementia and those who care for them are unquestionable. This investment reaffirms Stirling Council's commitment to the ongoing work to improve accessibility for everybody who lives and works here, which includes membership of the Dementia Friendly Stirling Group. The audit was conducted in line with best practice and seeks to offer innovative improvements to infrastructure, which in turn will improve accessibility to Stirling city centre for residents, workers, and visitors, especially older adults living with dementia and their carers.”
Dr Martin Quirke from the Dementia Services Development Centre said:
“The work behind this report upended convention by being directed and undertaken by a team of local people living with dementia and their carers. The ground-breaking nature of this approach to dementia friendly place-making has gained much international attention, with a chapter dedicated to this project already published in the recent World Alzheimer's Report 2020. The University of Stirling welcomes Stirling Council's continued dedication to improving the city for older people and those living with dementia, and its commitment to implementing recommendations from the report.”
Article adapted from Impact News Service -28 May