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  • Kirsten

EDM Vist: Lunch Club for People Living with Dementia

What a pleasure it was to visit Mearns Kirk Helping Hands today to present an Early Day Motion I have tabled and to hear more about their amazing work supporting those with Dementia. This is an issue close to the hearts of many people in East Renfrewshire.

Their club - which they’ve been so creative in operating online during the pandemic - has made a significant difference to those living with Dementia and those caring for loved ones.

It was super to meet volunteers including the amazing Isobel Dawson, the club leader, and some of those who are part of the club. We had a lovely time talking about their past events, and hopes for future trips to Troon. I am sorely tempted to get on their minibus with them when they do go, because it’s so clear what a great time everyone has in this nurturing and welcoming environment.

My thanks and congratulations to all those volunteers involved for making such a difference in our community.

The Early Day Motion Reads: “That this House applauds the fantastic work of the Trustees of Mearns Kirk Helping Hands in the creation and support for the Lunch Club for People Living with Dementia which meets in Mearns Kirk Halls in Newton Mearns and offers a short respite for carers who are able to take valuable time out for themselves; recognises that the club aims to offer a friendly, safe and stimulating environment for people diagnosed with dementia, where they can share lunch and afternoon tea and participate in activities, such as crafting or games, designed to encourage participation and engagement with others, and to enjoy entertainments, usually musical, that allow members to take part in a way that suits them, and also to undertake trips to favourite seaside towns or local places of interest; notes that the club has adapted to the restrictions imposed during the covid-19 outbreak by moving its activities online so that members can still meet and engage with others, and records its best wishes to club leader, Isobel Dawson, and her fellow volunteers for when the club is able to return to normal operation and to assist more people living with dementia.”


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