Crieff – A dementia friendly town

Crieff Succeeds have been working closely with Richmond House on a project they are leading, to help make Crieff a dementia friendly town.

In Crieff alone there are 250 people living at home with some form of dementia. We want to help those people and their carers to improve their value of life and continue to be a valued member of the community. Richmond House has been in discussion with partners to consider how to help improve these people’s wellbeing and will be launching Dementia Friendly Crieff in the near future.

Being a ‘dementia friendly town’ can bring benefits for everyone including local businesses. If people with dementia have the confidence to shop and be active within the community they will bring significant additional income into the local economy. Additionally, once Crieff is known for being ‘dementia friendly’ it will encourage more families to visit the town further supporting the economy.

Crieff Succeeds will be arranging an event in the summer to launch ‘Dementia Friendly Crieff’ and in the meantime want to support businesses who would like to become ‘dementia friendly’. Our colleagues at Richmond House will:

  • Arrange dementia friendly awareness talks over Zoom, providing tips and hints on how businesses can adapt
  • Create a small fund for Crieff Succeeds to distribute to local businesses to improve signage, information etc.
  • Order ‘dementia clocks’ to distribute to local shops to help reduce the chances of people becoming confused
  • Open a new High Street community hub where people with dementia can drop-in for a a quiet space and to provide information and support for unpaid carers.