There are approximately 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland.

The experience of the illness is subjective and unique to each individual. Effectively tackling the symptoms of dementia requires a coordinated range of health and social care interventions.

The Scottish Dementia Working Group

The Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) is a national campaigning and awareness-raising Group whose members all have a diagnosis of dementia. They are the independent voice of people with dementia within Alzheimer Scotland.

The SDWG campaigns to improve services for people with dementia and to improve attitudes towards people with dementia, meeting regularly to support each other and to find ways to improve services and attitudes.


The group currently has well over 100 members across Scotland, holding bi-monthly group meetings in Glasgow and Dundee which are open to all members. Committee meetings are also held once every two months. As a member-led group, staff work closely with the Committee, especially the Chair and Vice Chair(s), and look for opportunities to involve the wider membership in the Group’s activities.

The Group welcomes anyone living in Scotland who is diagnosed with dementia or a related condition. The only requirement is that you would like to meet with other people with dementia to discuss things that really matter to you.

Some people bring a supporter with them to assist them to attend meetings, such as a family member or paid carer.


Alzheimer Scotland welcomes volunteers to help support the work of the Scottish Dementia Working Group, with flexible opportunities to suit your availability. Volunteer activities can include:

  • Help with group meetings.
  • Helping members prepare presentations and feedback on reports.
  • Supporting members at events.

To become a member of the group, to find out how you can volunteer to support the group or for any information on the group, please contact Rachael McMurchy, National Development Officer on:

Visit the website of the Scottish Dementia Working Group

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