Dementia Friendly Pentlands

Dementia Friendly Pentlands, which developed from the Palm Cafe started in 2013, was a finalist in the 2016 Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative category at the Annual Dementia Awards ceremony.  Click here for the Dementia Friendly Pentlands website.

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With the ageing population there are increasing numbers of people in our communities experiencing problems with loss of memory (with and without a formal diagnosis of dementia). the palm cafe will provide a much needed monthly meeting space for social interaction and support for these people and their carers.

Whilst other organisations provide respite services for people with a formal diagnosis of dementia or support carers on their own there is no facility for people with memory loss and their carers to attend a group targeted to their needs together.

The palm cafe will provide a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment. a variety of activities will be used to provide appropriate stimulation for the person with memory loss including; music, movement, craft activities and reminiscence activities such as story telling, sharing of pictures etc. we would also like to act as an information channel for carers and would seek to invite relevant speakers to facilitate this.

The initiative will benefit the communities of Juniper Green, Currie and Balerno and will be held once a month in the Balerno Parish Church, St Joseph’s Centre. the centre already hosts a range of community activities including the mill cafe and is a well known meeting space for church and non-church members.

The group will be supported by local volunteers. we are seeking funding to train these volunteers to ensure that they are prepared to support people with memory loss and to communicate effectively with them and their carers. we would like to take this opportunity to extend our training to local shop staff in Scotmid and other retail outlets in the area and community services such as the police. we see this as an opportunity to take the first steps to make a “dementia friendly community”.

This venture is already providing a space, for people with dementia and their cares to feel at ease and supported.  If you would like to help or just know more please contact
Kay Latimer – Telephone: 0131 449 6186 E-mail: