Dementia friendly developments in our communities


A conference highlighting the dementia-friendly community activities happening across Scotland and inspiring congregations to get involved is being held in Stirling on Friday 22 March.

The one-day conference at Allan Park South Church, taking place between 10am-4pm, will feature presentations, workshops and keynote speakers on the topic of ‘Being Together & Learning Together: Dementia Friendly Developments in our Communities’.

The event is being jointly hosted by Stirling Presbytery and the Kirk’s Church and Society Council.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor John Swinton of Aberdeen University, a Scottish theologian and researcher, who will be speaking on the topic of ‘living together with dementia: family, friends, neighbours and community’
  • Dr Peter Murdoch, a retired physician in geriatric medicine and a trustee of the Dementia Services Development Trust, who will be presenting on ‘a plain English explanation of dementia and its effects’
  • Rev Helen Jamieson, the minister of St Andrew’s Parish Church in Carluke who helps run a drop-in support service at her church for people with memory difficulties and their carers. Helen will be speaking on ‘discovering a calling to be dementia-friendly in the community’.
  • Sarah Metcalfe, chief executive of Playlist for Life; an initiative which uses the power of music to connect with those living with dementia. Sarah will be speaking about the resources available through Playlist for Life.

A series of presentations from communities from across Scotland will offer attendees additional inspiration and ideas.

Meanwhile, workshops will allow those coming along to share and learn with others and explore opportunities for dementia friendly developments in their own local areas.

Register to attend

To find out more or register your attendance, please email Stirling Presbytery’s dementia co-ordinator, Bonnie McDowell, on or call her on 07704 601983 by Tuesday 12 March.

Please note, attendees are kindly asked to bring a packed lunch. Teas and coffees will be provided in the morning and afternoon.


Date: Friday 22nd March, 10:00-16:00

Location: Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Rd, Stirling FK8 2LQ