Community groups and organisations are now able to apply for grant funding of up to £10,000 to promote dementia friendly inclusivity in their area.
Councillors Scott Farmer and Chris Kane promoting Dementia Friendly investment in Stirling City Centre

As part of an ongoing commitment from Stirling Council to make Stirling a dementia friendly city, the funding administered by Our Connected Neighbourhoods (OCN), is open to applications today (11 October) for groups who are already operating with a focus on dementia accessibility.

Organisations who express a willingness to strengthen dementia awareness and promote inclusion in their area are also eligible to apply. Applications for expressions of interest remain open until 7 November.

Successful applicants will be supported through a series of workshops and tailored dementia-inclusive training, including guidance on using the OCN tools and experiential audit walks.

Community Planning and Regeneration Committee Convenor, Cllr Chris Kane said: “Community groups who are best placed to recognise where accessibility can be strengthened will be empowered to make their areas more inclusive for people living with dementia as a result of this funding.

“Stirling Council has been developing initiatives to make the city centre a more dementia friendly place for residents and visitors, however the funding being made available allows for more localised and targeted initiatives to make a difference. Every community group with an interest in making a tangible improvement to the lives of people living with dementia should apply for this grant.”

Stirling Council earlier this year made a commitment to invest £102,000 in dementia friendly infrastructure to underline its ongoing commitment to accessibility for residents and visitors who are living with dementia.

An open session is scheduled to be held for potential applicants on Tuesday 19 October and drop in surgeries via phone and online will be held from 27 – 29 October.

Vice Convenor, Cllr Scott Farmer said: “One of the best supports that can be offered to people living with dementia is helping community groups who have a thorough understanding of the needs of their local area.

“This grant funding will enable local organisations to ensure that people who live with dementia are not unfairly excluded from participating in their communities and runs parallel to Stirling Council’s commitment to make Stirling a dementia friendly city.”

Kevin Harrison, Project Lead at Our Connected Neighbourhoods said: “Working directly with people living with dementia and their unpaid carers, the Our Connected Neighbourhood partners in Stirling have developed and tested a toolkit to support neighbourhoods along their journey to becoming dementia-inclusive.

“It will be exciting to see how the OCN tools and resources will practically support the development of these neighbourhood-based initiatives in the Stirling area. We look forward to working in collaboration with local community groups, through training and tailored support, to ensure their proposals make an informed and impactful change to the lives of residents living with dementia and their unpaid carers.”