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Alzheimer Scotland officially opened the newly refurbished Lanarkshire Dementia Resource Centre in Motherwell on Tuesday 5 June – during Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week. The centre at 64 Dalziel Street will serve as a community hub to support people living with dementia and their carers and families across the region.

The opening celebrations were led by Provost Jean Jones from North Lanarkshire Council, along with Alzheimer Scotland Chief Executive Henry Simmons, Convenor David Clements as well as staff, volunteers and local supporters.

The new purpose-built Dementia Resource Centre brings dementia to the high street by providing a stimulating and sociable environment for people living with dementia and their families to access information, advice and support locally. Plans are underway to provide a regular Dementia Café group in the future, as well as a variety of community activities including singing classes, craft making, walking and language workshops.

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. The opening of our refurbished Lanarkshire Dementia Resource Centre in Motherwell represents a new chapter in our support for people living with dementia and their families locally. As well as providing a welcoming space, the community hub provides direct access to information, advice and practical support for people living with dementia, including access to local groups and peer support.

“Alzheimer Scotland would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has worked towards today’s opening – the generosity of our supporters is what makes our vital work across the country possible.”

Provost Jean Jones, North Lanarkshire Council, added: “Dementia is a life-changing condition and can be very difficult to take in and adapt to for the person experiencing the symptoms, as well as their families and friends. This new facility will provide people with the help and support to adjust and cope with their new challenges, as well as helping them feel included in their community, so they can continue to live full, rewarding life.

“With this being Dementia Awareness Week, it is even more fitting that the new centre opens in Motherwell today. The centre offers a lively and relaxed environment to provide much-appreciated support and advice, as well as a range of stimulating activities for everyone to enjoy. The service provision here is greatly appreciated and will undoubtedly have an impact on people’s lives.”

Harry Tyrie, from Motherwell, said: “The resource centre has been very useful by helping me to get out and about, linking me in with interest and support groups including the Green Hands project with local school children, as well as giving me the chance to meet lots of new people. I’d encourage anyone to come along to the new Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre, not only does it look great but there’s going to be something which will interest you.”

Lesley Millar, Locality Resources Coordinator for Alzheimer Scotland, added: “This is an exciting opportunity for the wider Lanarkshire area to access Alzheimer Scotland supports and community activities.  Plans are already underway to offer activities and peer support from within the dementia friendly centre and we are hoping to hear from people living locally who are keen to take on new volunteer roles to help support people living with dementia in their community. We are all looking forward to opening our doors fully in the coming weeks and promoting our local activities, as we continue to help people to live well with dementia to live well in the communities.”

The opening of the Alzheimer Scotland Lanarkshire Dementia Resource Centre creates new and exciting local volunteer opportunities in the area. If you live in the wider Lanarkshire area and keen to hear more about local volunteer opportunities currently available, please call Tel: 01698 275300.