Work to develop the Musselburgh Meeting Centre – East Lothian’s first – is underway.
Thank you to all the many people that have helped to get us here – it’s been quite a journey!
We first talked about Meeting Centres at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute Gathering in Haddington in January 2018: Changing thinking about dementia – the role of communities. Professor Dawn Brooker told us about the Meeting Centre model and a spark was lit!
With the support of Janice McLeod, and the Musselburgh Health Well Being Group and the Lisa and Christine from the Community Transformation Team, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, we’ve held a series of community conversations which have given us strong foundations for the Centre. And Janice and Lisa have found us a warm and welcoming host and community for the Centre, with Leslie Milton and the community at St Andrews High Church.
DFEL is delighted to have been awarded the grant to develop and run the Meeting Centre and the development stage has begun.
- A group of people living with dementia and unpaid supporters are working with us to develop the Meeting Centre ensuring that the Centre is built on real experience so we can really make a difference to peoples’ lives.
- We held a Gathering in Musselburgh at QMU brought the community together to talk about the Meeting Centre and how it fits with Musselburgh as a Dementia Friendly Community. You can read about the Gathering here.
- We’re advertising for a Manager for the Meeting Centre (for 2 years initially), and well soon be looking for someone to support the Dementia Friendly Musselburgh project.
- We’ll be at the Musselburgh Communities Day on Saturday 10th September at the Brunton Hall
- You can read our story as part of the Story Chest created by Lorna Hill and the Musselburgh Group at the Fringe by the Sea
- Watch out for invitations to come along and meet us..
If you have dementia, are an unpaid carer/supporters and want to join us, or you’re interested in finding out more about the Meeting Centre, dementia or about the jobs, just get in touch.
Thank you Musselburgh for your welcome, warmth and support for people living with dementia and unpaid carers and here’s to even more in the future.