Boogie at the Bar has been shortlisted in Scotland’s Dementia Awards and named as a finalist in the Best Community Support Initiative category.
Winners will be announced on World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September, at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.
Boogie at the Bar is a free, dementia-friendly, relaxed disco which is held at the Foundry Bar, Aberdeen.
The initiative was initially thought up by local resident Anne Duncan after a chat with a member of staff from Sport Aberdeen where she said what she really misses is a “proper bop with her husband Bill”, who is living with dementia.
People of all ages are welcome to the monthly event where the bar is open for refreshments with soup provided by the Foundry, and sandwiches provided by Marks & Spencer Bank.
The project is also supported by Alzheimer’s Scotland alongside the Active Aberdeen Partnership.
Scotland’s Dementia Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, now in its 6th year, sets out to celebrate and recognise projects and the people behind them who are going the extra mile to support people living with dementia and their families across Scotland.
The Awards recognise the country’s most innovative and ambitious projects, by showcasing creative approaches from policy to practice, and highlighting the dedication of people supporting those living with dementia and their families and carers.
Anne Duncan, founder of the Boogie at the Bar initiative, said: “We are thrilled to be named as finalists in Scotland’s Dementia Awards amongst so many other brilliant projects aimed at supporting people living with dementia in Scotland.
“Boogie at the Bar gives everyone a chance to have a dance and let their hair down or simply just socialise. We have had an extremely positive response so far and it is becoming clear that this is already becoming a staple fixture in people’s calendars. The beauty of the project is the fact that it brings people together, old, young and those living with dementia, with the main aim to have some fun.
“This project wouldn’t be possible without the AAP and all partners involved and I would like to thank the Foundry for hosting us and providing the music, without which we would not be able to boogie.”
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, at Alzheimer Scotland, said: “Scotland’s Dementia Awards celebrate the work of both professionals and community groups who are committed to helping people with dementia and their families.
“All of our finalists this year are extremely deserving for their commitment in supporting people living with dementia and their families and we look forward to saying a big thank you to all our finalists and winners on the day.”
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