How have you experienced Dementia support across Aberdeenshire?

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Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with Dementia? Do you support someone who is currently living with Dementia? If so then we need to hear from you!

The Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) is currently in the early stages of developing an Aberdeenshire wide Dementia Strategy and is looking to hear from people affected by Dementia.

To support people with lived experience to tell us about their Dementia journey, we have developed a series of ‘Village Storytelling’ events. Developed in partnership with The Village Storytelling Centre and delivered by colleagues across the health and social care partnership and third sector, sessions will allow those taking part tell their story in a safe and supported environment.

Chair of the Integration Joint Board (IJB) Rhona Atkinson, said, “This strategy will set out how the Partnership supports those living with Dementia and their families over the next 5 years. It is such an important area for us, so it is vital that we understand what support people need, when they need it, what is working well and not so well, now.

“The team working on the strategy have set out a great way to support those who are already living with dementia to participate through the Storytelling sessions and I would urge anyone who is able to come along and join in”

Vice Chair of the IJB, Cllr Anne Stirling, said, “We need to hear from everyone, people with a diagnosis, Unpaid Carers, Volunteers, Third Sector Organisations, family members, professionals; everyone! Whether you do this through the storytelling sessions or through the online survey the team will support you to participate in a way that works for you”


 Public events;

Dementia Storytelling session (Peterhead) – 3rd July 2019, tickets can be booked via –

Dementia Storytelling session (Inverurie) – 4th July 2019, –

Dementia Storytelling session (Stonehaven) –

In addition to the public events any groups or care settings who would wish to hold their own storytelling session are invited to request one via

Online survey;

The feedback gathered from the ‘Village Storytelling’ sessions and the survey will be used to develop and inform a draft strategy which will be widely consulted on prior to being finally agreed by the IJB.















Dementia Friends Scotland

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Alzheimer Scotland and Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends is a Social Action Movement.

Dementia Friends is all about raising awareness and reducing the stigma

A Dementia Friends session is free and will last around an hour. It is interactive and informative.

The five key messages you should know about dementia which are :-

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing

Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain

Dementia is not just about losing your memory

It is possible to live well with Dementia

There’s more to the person than the dementia

These will be brought to life through a number of activities. At the end of the session you will be asked to sign up as a Dementia Friend. You will be given a badge to wear and a certificate. We will then be asking you to state a Call to Action which can be very simple, something as simple as helping the person who appears to be lost or being patient in the supermarket queue when a person is having difficulty.   As a Dementia Friend we ask that you continue to talk about Dementia with family, friends and colleagues which will continue to raise awareness in the community thus creating a dementia friendly community.

For more information or to sign up for a session, please contact

Kirsteen Heneghan, Dementia Advisor, Alzheimer Scotland

Tel: 01467 530512 or mob: 07879 551831 or

Moira Watson Development Worker Dementia Friendly Communities

Mobile Number 07576305750

NEXT PUBLIC SESSION will be in Stonehaven on

Wednesday 18th of March at 11am Outside Hall Stonehaven Community Centre Bath Street

Please contact Kirsteen or Moira if you want to take part in one of the sessions.

November Topic Launch – Reminiscing

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Human beings have a unique ability to focus on things that aren’t happening right now. This allows them to reflect on the past and learn from it.

This month at K&M Communities we have asked you to help us explore some the reasons, benefits (or otherwise) of reminiscing and the ways you come together to do it locally.

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