Chris MacLeod and Donald MacInnes from Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles were successful in scooping up £5000 at the Lens intrapreneurial finals in Stirling on Tuesday June 23 .

The Lens develops intrapreneurship – that is acting with the mind-set of an entrepreneur, but within existing organisations. Already a feature of leading companies such as Google and 3M, The Lens adapts this highly effective way of working and makes it relevant for mission-driven organisations.

The £5,000 will be used towards launching Chris MacLeod and Donald MacInnes’ idea for a ‘Ceilidh at home’ model. This is person-centered activity for people in the advanced stages of dementia living at home who cannot attend the activities that are currently on offer locally.

Donald MacInnes, Community Activities Organiser said: “Alzheimer Scotland and The Lens invited applications for ideas earlier this year and our idea reached the final.

“We have attended workshops to support us deliver our pitch and the support from the Lens team and our own colleagues has been amazing.

“We are really excited to be able to deliver our idea. It was high pressured, a bit like Dragons Den so it was very nerve wrecking but we stayed focus on the main goal – getting the money will help us meet our goal to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.

“The original idea came from a carer of someone with dementia in another area. She said ‘My mum won’t go to events but I’d open up my doors if people would come to us’.”

Chris MacLeod, Support worker, put forward the idea for The Lens applications as she recognised the high value the existing support Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles provides in rural Lewis for carers and families at home.

“People tell us it is their lifeline,” says Chris, “but we regularly get feedback that we although we have wonderful events in the community and support at the Solas day centre it doesn’t match the needs of people in the later stages.”

Marion MacInnes, Service Manager - Lewis and Harris, said: “We do currently provide some one-to-one support with people in advanced stages at home but we feel we are not touching the sides with this – some of this is due to resource constraints but also the remote and rural location that people live in can make it difficult to reach people.

“We wanted to look at a sustainable model that could maximise the resources we already have and that involved our local communities. We also want to make sure our interactions and activity with people at advanced stages at home are meaningful and therapeutic.”

The ceilidh at home model will involve a person-centred plan to build a circle of support around the person with dementia and their informal carer(s) to provide interaction, involvement and much needed contact. The aims are to reduce isolation and support the carer to continue in their caring role and help people to continue to live longer at home.