Alzheimer Scotland Open Latest Big Friendly Bench

This Dementia Awareness Week Alzheimer Scotland are making sure nobody faces dementia alone becoming the latest organisation to set up a Big Friendly Bench in Aberdeen.

Sara Geoghegan, Dementia Adviser with Alzheimer Scotland, said “We are delighted to become part of the Big Friendly Aberdeen Bench Initiative. The benches are a very creative way to promote the vital work and support that local voluntary organisations provide in the city. The Alzheimer Scotland purple bench is in a lovely location on the beach promenade looking out to the sea, so I am sure many people will be able to enjoy using it. Our key message on the back of the bench says ‘making sure nobody faces dementia alone’. We hope that this message will be a reminder that we can offer a lot of information and support to people living with dementia and their families in the local area and we would like anyone who could benefit from our services to get in touch. We have a Dementia Resource Centre on King Street which is a local hub to access information and activities.”

Linda Thompson, Corporate Fundraiser, added “Scotland’s local communities are at the centre of everything we do and our new Friendly Bench, alongside the interactive map being planned by ACVO, will help us to raise awareness of dementia and our and offer a place to rest and reflect. The plaque will guide people to our Resource Centre to help people across the city, their families and carers with information about all aspects of the illness. Many thanks to ANA Recruitment and everyone involved in creating our amazing purple bench.”

Big Aberdeen Friendly Benches are now dotted around Aberdeen City – raising awareness of myriad Third Sector organisations and encouraging Aberdonians to be friendly.

Each is a rejuvenated ACC bench with its base-coat painted in your colours by the ACC team.  You provide a design and at the allotted time your own team come down and paint the bench. A plaque with your web address is provided and fitted for you by ACVO Affiliates Recognition Express. The launch of your bench is celebrated by ACVO with a photo shoot as with this week’s Alzheimers Scotland bench. There is a £25 fee for entry which goes into the ACVO Bursary scheme to support other third sector initiatives in the City.

If you would like to have a bench then please get in touch and we will introduce you to our ACC partners to take it forward.  You can find out more about the scheme and get the application form at: http://acvo.org.uk/working-with/big-aberdeen/blooming-big-aberdeen/

Alzheimer Scotland’s vision is clear, but there is still much work to be done. They believe that their commitment to local care and support, focused in Scotland’s communities, will go a very long way to overcoming the isolation experienced by many people with dementia and their carers. They are working towards a society where people can live well with dementia and thrive in their communities for as long as possible.

If you want to find out more about how they can support you, or someone close to you, please call the 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000 or visit www.alzscot.org.