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Last updated on May 20, 2021

The Life Changes Trust is holding its latest Community & Dementia event on Thursday 27 May (10am to 12.30pm), this time focused on the Forth Valley area.  It will be co-chaired by two unpaid carers.  

The webinar will look at local priorities, which are key to people living with dementia and unpaid carers, and which are developed from storytelling sessions held in the run-up to the webinar. People with dementia, unpaid carers and the organisations who support them are invited to take part in these sessions, sharing what matters to them.

The webinar will also explore how local projects and services have adapted during COVID, what has been learned and what support is currently available. We will hear about the journey of Dementia Friendly Dunblane so far, experiences of volunteering in Clackmannanshire, and approaches taken to develop the Dementia Friendly City Audit and Toolkit in Stirling.

Speakers include Breda Seaman, Dunblane Development Trust; Kevin Harrison, Artlink Central; and Donna Paterson, Dementia Adviser, Alzheimer Scotland. There will also be a Q&A session chaired by Dr Kainde Manji, Manager, About Dementia, Age Scotland. The panel will include; our co-chairs (unpaid carers); Nicola Wood, NHS Forth Valley; Daniel Lafferty, Town Break Stirling; Paul Barrowman, SDS Forth Valley; and others.

Members of the Stirling City Audits team, including OCN staff and volunteers, people living with dementia and unpaid carers

Kevin Harrison, Richard Ward, Martin Quirke and Margaret Innes from the OCN team, will present on the experience of the Stirling City Audits. In particular, the presentation will focus on how the City Audits were designed as a citizen-led approach, involving people living with dementia and carers in the decision-making process, as well as highlighting the creative approach devised to design the audit tools and collecting data. Keir Stevenson, Place Development Manager for Stirling Council, will also reflect on the difference that the report made to Stirling Council and what lasting changes it inspired to make the city more dementia-enabling.

The webinar is free to attend and will run on the Zoom platform. To book, go to Eventbrite –

Bookings are open until the morning of the event for last-minute registrations.  People with dementia and unpaid carers can book on Eventbrite but also via the Life Changes Trust by email or telephone: or 0141 212 9600.