Thanks to generous funding from Tolsta Community Development LTD, Alzheimer Scotland are pleased to announce the restart of the popular Tolsta dementia friendly Community Cafe.
The organisation says: “TCDL have supported Alzheimer Scotland’s activities in the local area for several years and we are very grateful for their ongoing support and we are delighted to get back to face-to-face activity.
"We hope to plan lots of different activities over the next year starting with a visit from RSPB who will deliver a talk about their work in the local area at our first session”
The drop in cafe will run monthly starting from Wednesday 2 November 2022 and be held in the Tigh Ceilidh in North Tolsta from 2pm onwards.
Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles continues to provide community activities and vital support for people living with dementia and their families in the Western Isles including the Solas day centre and access to a dementia advisor for information and advice.
Contact 01851 702123 or visit at 18 Bells Road. Stornoway. For those unable to visit virtual meetings and phone advice can be arranged.
Meanwhile Alzheimer Scotland are toasting another successful Memory Walk as hundreds put their best foot forward to raise funds and vital awareness of dementia.
Scotland’s Memory Walk took place on the weekend of 16-18 September with over 500 people and groups hitting the streets on their own bespoke routes.
Not only were there hundreds of walkers in Scotland, people slipped on their trainers in places as far flung as Australia and Singapore to contribute to the cause.
Over £60,000 was raised by supporters on an emotional weekend, with Alzheimer Scotland delighted with the backing they received from their dedicated familiar faces and some new ones, too, particularly in these tough times.
There is still time to donate to the campaign and, indeed, complete your own Memory Walk in honour of a loved one. The idea behind Scotland’s Memory Walk is simple. It’s Your Walk, Your Way.
That means participants can choose somewhere that has a special meaning for them at a time that suits them, weather permitting! And, with so many stunning green and urban spaces across the country to choose from, you can enjoy some wonderful moments together. The distance doesn’t matter, whether it’s 1km, 5km or 500km. It might even be a lap of the garden.
Best of all, it’s free of charge for everyone who takes part, although everyone is encouraged to raise as much as they can.
Sophie O’Brien – from West Lothian – climbed Ben Lomond in memory of her mum
Participants will have the option to create a team with friends, family or colleagues and fundraise via their own personalised Memory Walk page.
A fundraising platform and closed Facebook Group has been relaunched to ensure people taking part can feel connected and share their experience as one big community.
Every penny raised as a result of Scotland’s Memory Walk will go directly towards the support Alzheimer Scotland offers across Scotland, including their 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000).
Sarah Cheung, Stakeholder Engagement Leader at Alzheimer Scotland, said: “This has been another tough year for so many people across the country and, with more uncertainty ahead, we are incredibly grateful for the dedication of our supporters.
“Fundraisers have paid touching tributes to their loved ones and come together as a community to support one another, and it’s this camaraderie which enables Alzheimer Scotland to keep providing support services across Scotland.
“Scotland’s Memory Walk is not over yet and we can’t wait to keep hearing about all the fantastic walks taking place up and down the country.”
There is still time to sign up to Scotland’s Memory Walk, visit: memorywalk.alzscot.org