Kirrie Connections is a community hub that serves as the base for the Dementia Friendly Kirriemuir Project. The hub is a place where people living with dementia and their carers can get advice, support and form new friendships. They work with a variety of other partners, including Alzheimer Scotland and the Angus Carer's Centre.
Kirrie Connections are currently looking for volunteers to help support their activities as well as people living with dementia and their carers to be directly involved in telling them what they want from the project.
At the moment Kirrie Connections offer a wide range of activities and events as well as a community garden. As its name would suggests this is a space not only for their members to get their green fingers dirty but is open for anyone in their community to come and enjoy.
Kirrie Connections is currently working with the University of Worcester's Association for Dementia Studies to be the first Sottish pilot for a new model of dementia support. The "Meeting Centre" model was established in the Netherlands over 25 years ago and there is a strong evidence base showing clear benefits for people living with dementia, their families and local communities.
The programme is a local resource, operating out of ordinary community buildings, that offers on-going warm and friendly expert support to people and families affected by dementia. At the heart of the Meeting Centre is a social club where people can meet to have fun, talk to others, and get great help that focusses on what they need.