Earlier this month, Alzheimer Scotland contacted Leiths to share the news that they had been successful in a partnership bid with Portree & Braes Community Trust for almost £10,000 from the Cora Foundation Comic Relief Fund for the Tigh Na Drochaid Garden Revamp Project. This would allow Alzheimer Scotland to provide an accessible outdoor meeting area that could be used for a whole host of therapeutic activities.
Lesley Hellon, Dementia Advisor at Alzheimer Scotland, commented, “The garden area has fallen into disrepair but has great potential to bring the community together and benefit from spending time in the natural environment. COVID-19 has meant, more than ever, that we require a safe and usable outdoor space for the delivery of therapeutic interventions that will have a positive impact on the mental health of our community.”
Lesley continued, “This funding will allow group and individual sessions to run outdoors, which will assist with overall community mental health. Groups will include inter-generational work with local school children, support with gardening activities from the local groups – helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in a fun manner, and we would also utilise the community payback scheme for ground maintenance. We envisage an outdoor space, that is accessible for all.”
Lesley contacted Leiths following the decision to upgrade the garden who were delighted to support the project. Ten tonnes of quarry dust was donated and delivered to the garden on 20 May 2021, which was laid by both volunteers and children from Portree High School.
“Many thanks for the donation of quarry dust which will make a huge difference to people living with dementia, their families and other service users of Tigh Na Drochaid.”