Big strides made for Dementia Friendly Walking in East Dunbartonshire

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WALK East Dunbartonshire have been presented with their Dementia Friendly Walking Accreditation after successfully creating opportunities for people living with dementia to be more active in their community.

The project currently runs three dementia friendly walks every week (two in partnership with local De Cafes) and they also run dementia friendly walking football sessions every second week. They have trained nine dedicated dementia friendly Walk Leaders and have plans to increase this with another training course taking place in October.

WALK East Dunbartonshire is led by Project Coordinator Andy Lynch, who has made a series of practical developments over the last 18 months to ensure his Health Walks are more accessible and safer for people living with dementia; including route mapping, use of language, name badges, and stronger community links etc.

WALK East Dunbartonshire successfully achieved Dementia Friendly Walking Accreditation in March 2017 and was recently presented with their certificate by Paths for All at an annual event run by the local De Café. Andy is committed to ensure the continued success of the dementia friendly walking programme in East Dunbartonshire. He will be taking part in a training event in October that will equip him with the skills needed to deliver his own Dementia Friendly Walk Leader training to new volunteers locally.

You can find out more about this project here.

 

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