A Midlothian day centre that supports people with dementia is among the six Lothian projects that have shared £2 million of Big Lottery funding.
St David’s Bradbury Day Centre in Newtongrange received £324,763 to provide a programme of social activities for older people living with dementia and other health conditions, and their carers.
The project will benefit people in Newtongrange, Easthouses, Gorebridge, Mayfield, Dalkeith, Woodburn, Bonnyrigg, Loanhead, Roslin and Carrington, ensuring they have appropriate information, advice and respite opportunities.
Maureen Moore, St David’s Bradbury Day Care Centre manager, said: “We pride ourselves on offering a service that literally can turn an older person’s life around.
“The support we offer to older people, people with dementia and their families, can often feel like a lifeline.
“This Big Lottery funding will ensure we can continue the fantastic activities we offer and our service users will have access to the services they rely on.”
Angie Carmicheal’s father, Billy, who lives with MS, finds the service invaluable,
She said: “Dad has changed for the better since attending the day centre. He laughs and jokes and comes home with some funny tales.
“I know that my dad is well cared for there. I can go to work and know that he will be safe. Having dad attend the centre has improved the quality of life not just for dad but also for me and the rest of the family.
“We can be content knowing that the staff treat him well. They have taken time to get to know him. He is extremely happy and would go seven days a week if he could.”
Announcing the funding, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairperson, said: “These grants are part of our new five-year £250 million funding scheme, designed to support people overcome difficulties and become more resilient. We are committed to working with communities and organisations to support activity which is people-centred and has good local connections.”