Environment

The Environment Strand will focus on the role of the physical environment in supporting dementia-inclusive communities. This will include supporting people living with dementia to share their experiences of the local environment in order to provide them with a voice in shaping their neighbourhoods. The outcomes from this strand will be used to develop accessible resources designed to help support people living with dementia to participate in the civic, physical, and social aspects of their local community.

  • Strand goals

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    Support people living with dementia to play a role in shaping their local communities through enabling them to share their view and experiences of the local environment, assisting to direct these inputs to influence local place-making.

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    Establish the role that the physical environment plays in supporting the lives people living with dementia in community clusters within the pilot project area of Stirling North.

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    Engage with participants to help establish their views on strengths and weakness of their local environment, and how important various aspects of their neighbourhoods are in helping, or hindering, their ability to live well.

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    Support participants to contribute to the areas of development planning that they voice as being important to them. The process may include input to areas such as transport, public indoor spaces (such as theatres and community halls) and public outdoor spaces (such as streets and parks). The broader group of participants may be supported to engage with issues across the overall pilot area (for example on major proposals such as the Stirling City Deal), but there may be greater focus on more detailed aspects of local neighbourhoods that are considered relevant and important participants. Proceedings will be recorded with recurring themes identified in subsequent reporting.

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    Support participants to use the Scottish Governments 'Place Standard Tool' to assess and provide both general and specific feedback on various locations with their local environment. It is proposed that this includes public and community 'places' such as parks and streetscapes, public and community buildings.

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    Develop a series "Experiential Maps" for the pilot site, the maps will serve various purposes, including helping people with dementia and carers to plan outings, informing planners and commissioners about how to develop local spaces and places, and to raise public awareness of how people living with dementia experience their local environment. The maps will record existing and emerging activities, resources and facilities to enable GPs and other practitioners to improve ‘social prescribing’ and to diversify their referrals for people with dementia within the local community.

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    Production of a piloted and refined resource to enable people with dementia to audit outdoor public spaces and the interiors of public venues such as theatres, galleries, libraries etc.