ALZHEIMER Scotland is delighted to officially open its new Helensburgh Dementia Resource Centre in 23-25 West Princes Street on Friday 22 January at 2pm.
The new centre will be officially opened by Brendan O’Hara MP and the event will also be attended by Henry Simmons, chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland.
Brendan O’Hara MP said: “I am deeply honoured to be asked to open the new Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre in Helensburgh.
“Alzheimer Scotland are already doing great work, both in our community and across the country. This new office and facility in the centre of Helensburgh will allow them to do even more and to highlight further the needs of both people with the condition and those who care for them.
“I have had a tour of the centre and discussed some of their plans. This centre and the team behind it are fantastic. As our population ages and more people are living with dementia, this centre has never been needed more than it is now. Helensburgh is very fortunate to have them and they can be assured of my ongoing support and admiration.”
Sam Ross, a local person with dementia and long-standing supporter of Alzheimer Scotland’s work in Helensburgh, said: “The extra space in this new centre gives a great opportunity to expand on what is already provided. I really hope the people of Helensburgh come in to the café in the centre; they’ll see we’re all Jock Tamson’s Bairns. I’ve not looked back since getting involved with Alzheimer Scotland. Their support and advice has given me the confidence to get on with living my life.”
Henry Simmons, chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said: “I am absolutely delighted to officially open our lovely new Dementia Resource Centre here in Helensburgh. This town has been hugely supportive and understanding of Alzheimer Scotland for many years and our previous centre was so successful that we wanted to find bigger and better premises for our work.
“Our new centre will be a community hub for a huge variety of activities and will support the great work happening locally. I would also like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has made a donation to support this new centre – the generosity of our supporters is what makes our work possible.”
The centre will be open 10am to 4pm, five days a week.
Members of the public can drop in for information and advice from local dementia advisor, Victoria MacLeod.
You can also contact the centre by calling 01436 678050 or emailing HRC@alzscot.org.
It will also be the location for many of Alzheimer Scotland’s local activities, including:
Carers’ education and training
- Football memories
- Music group
- Ladies’ afternoon tea
- Carers’ support groups
There was also be a brand new café at the front of the centre.
Jean Armitage, Alzheimer Scotland’s policy and engagement manager covering Argyll & Bute, said: “Having opened one of Alzheimer Scotland’s first Dementia Resource Centres back in 2010, we’re really excited to be now moving into the heart of Helensburgh.
“This spacious centre allows us to provide a whole range of opportunities for those living with dementia and their families. It also gives us the opportunity to showcase telecare equipment from Argyll and Bute Council and everyday products that people living with dementia and their families have tested (and shared with Dementia Circle) which have helped them to increase their independence.”
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