UWS Contributes to Dementia Friendly Initiative in East Ayrshire Care Homes


A new UWS partnership project in East Ayrshire will see care homes in the area become more dementia friendly, thanks to £225,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust.

The project sees UWS and East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, working together on an initiative based on ‘My Home Life’, a nationwide project that aims to improve the quality of life of people who are living permanently in care homes. The project will specifically involve people living with dementia in 20 care homes across the region, in both rural and urban communities.

Care homes in East Ayrshire are already working to strengthen community ties and offer various activity programmes for people living with dementia. This funding will be used to build on this work and further strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and their wider communities.

Staff, family and friends of those living with dementia will be involved in trying out a variety of new ideas, activities and initiatives in the care setting and elsewhere in the district. Care home residents and staff will also work together to develop relationships with community organisations such as volunteer networks, sports clubs, schools and private businesses to raise awareness about dementia.

As well as the £225,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust, UWS and East Ayrshire Council will also contribute in-kind funding totalling £205,000.

Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland, said:

We are delighted to have secured funding from Life Changes Trust for this exciting new project which will build on our strong relationship with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Through this project we will work closely with care home residents living with dementia and those who support them to discover what matters to them, their hopes and aspirations and what being part of a dementia friendly community means to them. The project will be underpinned by My Home Life’s commitment to appreciative inquiry and relationship-centred practice. By prioritising reciprocal relationships and valuing everyone living, dying, visiting, working and volunteering in care homes we are aiming to create an enriched care environment where older people with dementia and staff and families who support them experience a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement and significance.”