Fundraising Committee Formed

Following the establishment of the Dementia Friendly alliance, the core group of committed volunteers that drive the Dementia Friendly St Andrews campaign, we are looking to recruit a fundraising committee tasked with planning fund raising events, sourcing potential areas of public and private sector funding and also corporate sponsorship and donations. Dorothy MacFarlane, a student at the university, heads up the student liaison fundraising team. Anyone wishing to either join the Alliance to help the fundraising team or simply volunteer their time to help raise funds please get in touch as we’d be delighted to hear from you.



Running for Dementia

A massive thank you to Melanie Atkins who is going to do the Great North Run for Dementia Friendly St Andrews next year!

Thumbs up from the new Principal

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the Renee Powell Cup and Carol Kaufman Shield, 2016 for supporting our cause. Dementia Friendly St Andrews was given the ‘thumbs up’ by all competitors. Extra special thanks go to special guests, Professor Sally Mapstone, the new Principal of the University of St Andrews and Lady Angela Bonallack.

New Support Group for Carers in St Andrews

Alliance member Melanie McGill is starting a support group for carers of people aged over 65 within North East Fife. All the details are here:

St. Andrews Over 65 Community Carers Support Group

If you care for someone in their own home with a diagnosis of dementia over the age of 65 within the North East Fife community then there is a new support group just for you. The group is set up to listen, give support and direct you to available services in your area as well as a place to come and meet other carers, share experiences and realise that you are not alone. Each month there will be guest speakers from local services and agencies to give you an insight into what they do and how they might be able to help.

The over 65 mental health nursing team will hold the support group at St. Andrews Community Hospital on the third Friday of each month from 10:30AM to 12:30PM.

Support group schedule for 2016:
A new schedule will be posted before the New Year.

The Group will meet in Health Promotion Room 1 which is located on the ground floor at St Andrews Community Hospital. There is no need to confirm attendance please just come along at 10.30am.


MP’s support Dementia Friendly St Andrews campaign

A big thank you to leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, for giving Dementia Friendly St Andrews the thumbs up campaign. In addition, MP for North East Fife Stephen Gethins our forward a motion to Parliament on the 17th of June to recognise the work done by the team.

“That this House recognises the commitment of businesses and organisations in St Andrews to make the town a Dementia friendly Community; and celebrates the efforts of those involved in the campaign to work together to help people with dementia remain a part of their community and become apart from it, reduce stigma and raise awareness of the benefits of maximising the retained skills and social connection help by people living with dementia.”


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Dementia Friendly St Andrews – A Briefing by Dr Maggie Ellis


St Andrews Citizen

Give Thumbs Up…

Students and their lecturer from St Andrews University have been helping to push forward a campaign to make the town dementia friendly.

And next Tuesday they will see the official launch of Dementia Friendly St Andrews, a venture between Alzheimers Scotland and St Andrews University, which aims to help the town’s residents and business community to recognise the signs of the condition and lend a bit of extra help.

In just a few days of raising awareness on the streets of the town, organisers Dr Maggie Ellis, a Fellow in dementia care at the School of Psychology at the university; Lisa Cathro, owner of Zest coffee shop; and Sandy Mitchell, creative director of Greybridge Design have added hundreds of supporters to the ‘Thumbs Up’ initiative on the campaign’s Facebook page.

Maggie explained: “I’ve been working on applied dementia research at St Andrews for 15 years and my research shows clearly the benefits of maximising the retained skills and social connections held by people living with dementia. My students are very interested in the wider issues faced by individuals with dementia and wanted to know how they could help. I found out about the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative via my links with Alzheimer Scotland and thought that this could be a great opportunity for St Andrews.

“About six months ago, I approached Lisa as a friend and someone in the town who is widely known not only as a successful businesswoman but also for her community spirit. She introduced me to Sandy who has been instrumental in the marketing of the initiative, including designing publicity materials and getting people on board with his sheer enthusiasm.

“We are now set to officially launch it to the public on Tuesday in the Byre Theatre and we are hoping that loads of people will come along to show their support.

“From there we plan to run workshops on dementia for as many people as possible in the community. Our aim is to equip people, so that when they come into contact with people living with dementia, they can give them a little extra care and attention and help make their lives a bit easier.”

Lisa added: “We plan to involve the emergency services, shops and businesses and anyone who may come into contact with people living with dementia. The support from the public has been great.”

Warm Words of Support

As an honorary graduate and friend of the University of St Andrews, I am delighted to lend my support to the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative. Dementia is a subject that is close to my heart and one that affects us all in one way or another. The work that Dr Maggie Ellis is heading will involve the whole community working together to make St Andrews a more dementia friendly place to live. The more we learn about the condition, the more we can help those with a diagnosis and those who care for them. I wish St Andrews the very best of luck in this venture and will be very interested to hear of its impact.

Baroness Sarah Greenfield

Thumbs Up for a Dementia Friendly St Andrews

Great to see the positive response from the town with people getting involved and showing their support for becoming a Dementia Friendly Community.

The visual equivalent of a ‘like’ on Facebook with locals giving the big ‘thumbs up’ will really demonstrate that we are a caring and compassionate community. If you haven’t already done so, take your ‘selfie’ and post it to our Facebook page.

It could not be simpler as follows:

Posting your ‘thumbs up’ selfie to our Facebook page

  1. Take your ‘thumbs up’ selfie (preferably against a wall of some kind)
  2. Simply go to our Facebook page
  3. Scroll down to ‘Visitor Posts’ and select ‘Share Photo’ and choose your pic from your Camera

Alternatively email us your pictures from this website

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Facebook Reaches Out

The launch of the campaign Facebook page this Friday (6th May) saw a few teething problems but was a massive success with ‘likes’ increasing hour upon hour!

We are pledging support for the Dementia Friendly St Andrews campaign by asking everyone in the community to post a ‘thumbs up’ selfie against a brick wall and posting it to the Facebook page. We will then share all those images on this website.

Up to date news and events will also be shown on our social media platform together with any fundraising events and results.

Information on the various initiatives involving Dr Ellis and her team will also be posted and we invite people from the community to get in touch if they have some ideas or wish to pledge their support.

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