Pioneering dementia project to take centre stage at conference

Organisers of a social inclusion programme have been invited to share their experiences at a European carers conference.

Rhona Forrest and Andy Magee, from Mary’s Kitchen, will make a joint presentation to the International Short Breaks Association Conference in Wolfenbuttel, Germany, next month.

They will focus on the work Mary’s Kitchen does to allow those suffering from dementia to have a relaxing eating out experience. For people with dementia restaurant visits can often prove to be a difficult challenge due to the unfamiliar environment. By providing a dining out experience within recognised surroundings many dementia sufferers can relax and spend quality time with their loved ones.

The Mary’s Kitchen project is based in the Whitehill Court Day Care building, in Kirkintilloch, and is run by staff at Bield Housing & Care.

Project manager Rhona said: “Ultimately, the driving force behind our work is to improve the quality of life for the people in our care. We believe Mary’s Kitchen has gone a long way in helping us achieve this goal. Hopefully this presentation will allow people to hear more about how Mary’s Kitchen has already benefitted our users and could potentially be recreated in other services across Scotland, and even the world.”

The Mary’s Kitchen project was recently given an Outstanding Award of Achievement For Dementia Focused Dining by Unilever Food Solutions.