Huge congratulations are due to Gabriela Mitas, one of our MSc in Later Life Studies students. Gabriela, who is in the second year of her studies, works for Alzheimers’ Scotland as a Community Activity Organiser in Lanarkshire. As part of her role she helps to organise Lanarkshire’s Mosque and Muslim Community Project, which helps to challenge and reduce the stigma around dementia within the muslim community and acts to prevent the marginalisation that Muslims, particularly women Muslim carers, can feel when dealing with their relatives who are living with dementia. Fantastic and ground breaking work with a sector of our society whose health and social care needs are often under-recognised. Here is Gabriela shortly after receiving her award for “Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative” yesterday with Isbah Khan a Carers Support Worker for the Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre who were the other partner organisation in this project.
At the same event the ‘Dementia Champions’ teaching team at UWS were Runners-Up in the Best Acute Care Initiative, recognising the very positive impact that this important initiative has had across the Health and Social Care sector in Scotland. The Team at the School of Nursing, Health and Midwifery have been responsible for the development of 600 ‘Champions’ and hope to continue this partnership with Alzheimers’ Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland into the future. Below is Anna Waugh and many members of the team at the event held in the Marriot Hotel, Glasgow.
As Professor Debbie Tolson said “Our success at the National Dementia awards yesterday was an inspiring start to the new academic year. Let’s hope such success continues into 2016!”