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The Ecology Centre receives dementia friendly accreditation
Staff, volunteers and local Councillors gathered at The Ecology Centre to celebrate receiving their Dementia Friendly Fife Award from Fife Council. Over the last 2 years Fife Council has worked with Alzheimer Scotland supporting Glenrothes and the surrounding area to become Dementia Friendly. This involved approaching local businesses and services to take them through a process which involves assessing physical spaces for their signage and way finding and offering dementia friends training. The project was very successful and Fife Council are extending it across the Kingdom.
The Ecology Centre is one of the first recipients outwith the Glenrothes area to be awarded this accreditation. Ruth McCabe from Fife Council came out to the Centre to present the certificate and said "I'm delighted to be able to extend the Dementia Friendly Fife award to The Ecology Centre. They showed exceptional initiative and worked with the team at the dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University to make sure their physical space was dementia friendly. They have been very creative with the use of bold colours and excellent signage to make sure people can find their way easily round the centre without having to ask for directions. The staff team have all been trained as dementia friends which means they take a very person centred approach with everyone who visits. This ensures that everyone feels comfortable and cared for in the Centre." David Stockwell, General Manager at The Ecology Centre said "everyone at the Centre is very proud to be recognised as a dementia friendly destination. We have worked hard over the last couple of years to make our beautiful lochside location as welcoming an environment as possible, and every Thursday we run a special programme of activities and opportunities specifically designed for people living with dementia. We're delighted to receive this accreditation and hope it encourages more people to visit us, discover new friends and improve their lives."
Thursday volunteering activities at the Centre are suitable for anyone with a recent diagnosis or in the early stages of any kind of dementia or memory loss. Volunteers can go along for a few hours and get involved in different tasks at the Tool Shed sessions, and there's an afternoon session that offers outdoor activities, such as going for walks around the site, gardening, growing projects or birdwatching around the Loch.