Alzheimer Scotland Officially Opens Its Doors in Stranraer
Alzheimer Scotland’s new Dementia Resource Centre for Stranraer will officially open its doors on Friday 24 March at Sun Street, Stranraer, DG9 7JL. The centre will serve as a community hub to support people living with dementia and their carers and families across Wigtownshire.
The opening celebrations will be led by Richard Arkless MP, Finlay Carson MSP and Lord-Lieutenant John Ross, along with Alzheimer Scotland Chief Executive Henry Simmons and Convenor John Laurie, as well as staff, volunteers and local residents.
The pioneering new Dementia Resource Centre provides information, advice and support and also provides ideas for independent living for people living with dementia and their families. Open Monday to Friday the hub boasts a welcoming Dementia Café and Day Care Centre as well as a wide variety of services and community activities.
Richard Arkless MP, said: "I'm delighted to be opening Alzheimer Scotland’s new Dementia Resource Centre in Stranraer. I have watched in admiration as Clare and her team from Alzheimer Scotland have brought this ambitious programme together. The result is a dramatic improvement to the services offered for people living with dementia in Wigtownshire. Cromarty House will provide day respite for families, and many other services.
“The entire building has been bespoke designed for people living with dementia and I look forward to seeing how the service operates in the coming years. It is a valuable addition to Wigtownshire and as time goes on I hope more and more people will be able to take advantage of the exceptional services at the resource centre.”
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said: “We believe that nobody should have to face dementia alone and that anyone living with the illness should be able to find help quickly and easily. Our new Dementia Resource Centre in Stranraer is a fantastic venue offering the community a welcoming space for information, advice and practical support.
“Alzheimer Scotland would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has made this opening possible – the generosity of our supporters is what makes our vital work across the country possible.”
Katie Blair, Alzheimer Scotland Volunteer welcomed the opening, adding: "I really enjoy volunteering for Alzheimer Scotland and supporting people living with dementia in the community. My work for the organisation brings me a lot of pleasure."
Located at Cromarty House, the centre will provide a variety of activities including Dementia Friends sessions, Memory and Carer Support Groups and Football Reminiscence Groups. To mark the new opening, the centre will also stage an Open Day on 21 April giving residents the chance to drop by and learn more about dementia and of the services now available.