Scotland’s first dementia friendly park needs your cash

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Please support us to develop Scotland’s first dementia friendly park.

Path that merges into a flower borderAn estimated 90,000 people live with dementia in Scotland, with Stirling reporting 1,650 people living with the condition (Alzheimer Scotland). Anyone living with dementia can benefit from being outdoors and in contact with nature as it can help to relieve stress, increase self-esteem, produce vitamin D and exercises the brain to help with memory and cognitive functioning. Even 10 to 15 minutes of daily walking outdoors can improve the overall wellbeing of people living with dementia.

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Interpretation board on rough grassBased on discussions with the local walking group, the Friends of Kings Park (a volunteer group who work with Stirling Council, local schools and the community council to maintain the park) and a similar project in Barnes Green park in Richmond, we have identified ways in which the park could be more accessible. This includes signage, improvement to paths, planting and infrastructure, interpretation of historical and natural history, promotion, information on transport and facilities in the park, activities and events and dementia awareness training for park staff.

We have received £15,000 from The Life Changes Trust working in partnership with the William Grant Foundation to fund our project officer, Corinne Greasley-Adams. She is currently carrying out consultation and development work with the local community. We would like to increase the funds available to make more impactful improvements.

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Find out more about this exciting project by contacting Corinne Greasley-Adams by email or telephone 01259 230 154.

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