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Our Winners and Finalists 2018 

We’re delighted to reveal our winners and finalists for Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2018 in five categories.

This category recognises innovative initiatives which support people with dementia not only to continue to live well within their own community but also remain valued, connected and involved members of that community.

WINNER: Music, Fun and Laughter
Group/organisation: Stonehouse Jubilee Club

The Stonehouse Jubilee Club is a social afternoon for people with dementia and their carers which has been running since 2012 in the rural community of Stonehouse. The dementia friendly club is the only one of its kind in a 15-mile radius of the village and provides people living with dementia the chance to listen to music, dance and take part in other activities in a safe and supportive environment.

Our other finalists were:

Musical Memories Springburn
Group/organisation: A combined partnership involving Springburn Parish Church, Ashgill Care Home, Stobhill Care Home, Abbeyfield House Care Home, Belmont Assessment Centre

Based loosely on research surrounding Singing for the Brain, this project is run by 14 volunteers including 2 musicians, for people living with dementia, as well as their friends and families. With themed events taking place throughout the year, Musical Memories surrounds singing, with encouraged gentle movement and dancing.

Relaxed Community Cinema
Group/organisation: A combined partnership involving Dementia Friendly Prestwick, South Ayrshire Council, Lairds of Troon

Once a month, Prestwick’s Community Centre transforms into a relaxed, dementia friendly cinematic experience. Classic films are on show in the afternoon with subtitles – the room does not become dark like traditional cinemas and the film volume remains at a lower level. Everything is free for the audience, who are free to move about throughout the showing.


This category recognises innovative initiatives that provide exceptional support to people with dementia when they are in need of hospital care and treatment.

WINNER: Theatre Buddy
Group/organisation: University Hospital Wishaw

Surgery can be a difficult experience for people with dementia. Theatre Buddy gives patients the opportunity to have a relative, carer or friend accompanying them to theatre, to be present in the anaesthetic room until they go to sleep and to be the first person they see in the recovery room.

Our other finalists were:

PICC Appropriately
Group/organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

A cannula is a small thin tube inserted into the vein to allow patients to be given fluids and medications. Inserting a cannula can be painful and distressing, and often needs to be carried out several times during a hospital stay. The PICC Appropriately project introduces a different type of cannula which can stay in place for the whole of a patient’s admission into hospital to reduce stress and confusion.

Holistic Older Adult Assessment Tool (HOAAT)
Group/organisation: NHS Fife

The HOAAT is a tool allowing a patient assessment in an inpatient environment which is individual, person centred and focuses on what people can do for themselves. The tool focuses on a patient’s abilities, strengths and goals while also making sure carers and family members feel included in the care planning process.

This category celebrates innovative initiatives that support people with dementia, and their families, to stay in control of their own situation and challenge stereotypical attitudes towards dementia.

WINNER: Bridging the gap between acute and community care
Group/organisation: A combined partnership between NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Alzheimer Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland

A partnership initiative by NHS Ayrshire and Arran Acute Services, Alzheimer Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland, to provide people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment and their families access to tailored information and emotional support from an Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Support Advisor both during admission to the acute hospital setting and after being discharged from hospital.

Our other finalist was:

Dementia Woodland Activities
Group/organisation: A combined partnership between Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, Canalside Day Centre and Fairmilehead Singing Group

This initiative uses green environments as a therapeutic tool for people with dementia and their carers. Along with walking in woodland in the Edinburgh area, activities include birdwatching, Tai Chi and memory sharing.

This category looks to highlight partnerships or partners working in innovative ways to contribute to more positive experiences and outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and their local communities.

WINNER: The Dementia Dog Project
Group/organisation: A combined partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, Dogs for Good, Scottish Prison Service and Paws for Progress CIC

Dementia Dog Project is a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good that pioneers new approaches to explore how highly trained dogs can help improve the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers.

Our other finalist was:

Football Memories Scotland
Group/organisation: Scottish Football Museum

Football Memories Scotland is a national network of reminiscence groups which provide therapeutic interventions for people living with dementia. The groups work in football clubs, community halls, libraries, sheltered housing complexes, care homes, day care centres and hospitals to provide reminiscence activity either in a group format or on a one to one basis.


This category recognises innovative educational and learning initiatives which help develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that help to change thinking about dementia and the potential of people with dementia.

WINNER: Enhancing inpatient care using the Promoting Excellence Framework
Group/organisation: NHS Fife

SCN Gillian and SCN Kerry Lowe are committed to enhancing inpatient care for people living with dementia using the Promoting Excellence Framework. Starting with a 2-day bespoke interactive training programme encouraging healthcare staff to share knowledge, skills and experiences at Skilled Level of the Promoting Excellent Framework, the pair have also attended Cognitive Stimulation training. SCN Grubb is also a graduate of the Dementia Specialist Lead programme and to date has run five 2-day courses in Stress and Distress in Dementia.

Our other finalist was:

East and Mid-Ross Older Adult Mental Health Team
Group/organisation: A combined partnership between NHS Highland, Highland Home Carers and Black Isle Carers and Cromarty Carers

The team is committed to improving care for the growing number of people with advanced dementia living in their own homes, through support given to the staff who provide daily care for people with dementia who have complex needs. This includes holding discussions with home care providers keen to update their skills and knowledge as well as arranging specialist dementia training for home care staff.

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