The Alzheimers Western Isles group received a funding boost of £750 this week from the Western Isles Lottery to enhance their current services across the West Side area of Lewis.

Marion MacInnes, who heads the local branch said: “We have various activities in the area including the Dementia Café in Borve, drop-in information sessions at Carloway Day Centre and our Ceilidh@Home project which covers 1-1 therapeutic activity at home for people living with dementia in advanced stages. Our Dementia advisor also makes regular home visits in the area.”

An application was submitted to the local Lottery for £750 to purchase a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi and a number of personal headphone sets. The equipment would be used to support activities by accessing information for people living with dementia and their carers.

Janet Paterson, spokesperson for Western Isles Lottery, said: “The Lottery Team are delighted to be able to assist the Alzheimers group to enhance the service they provide in rural areas of Lewis. In addition to the equipment providing information, important life story work can readily be delivered as well as a range of activities that include photos, videos and music. The funds were raised by supporters in the Ness and Westside area and are being distributed back for this worthy service.”

Marion MacInnes welcomed the funding and said: “we very much appreciate the support of the Western Isles Lottery to purchase this equipment which will make a huge difference, particularly, to those who are no longer able to attend community events and depend on home visits. This is a fantastic enhancement to our rural service”.

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Pictured is Janet Paterson presenting the funds to some of the group who regularly attend the Dementia Café at the Clan MacQuarrie Community Centre in Borve.