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The proposed Edinburgh Forget-Me-Not Garden development at Lauriston Castle Lodge will see the formation of a community sensory/memory garden and drop-in tearoom offering informal help, information and advice for people suffering from memory impairment and their carers.

AIMS
We will enhance independence, support community placement and improve post diagnostic support for those suffering from memory impairment and their carers through our community garden and memory stimuli.

BACKGROUND
Edinburgh launched as Scotland’s first dementia friendly city in 2014.  With growing demands, the time is ripe to consider innovative partnership approaches to provide support and information to people with dementia and their carers in line with Scotland’s dementia strategy and post diagnostic support target.  Cramond and Barnton are striving to take a leading role in this initiative.

OUTLINE OF PROPOSAL
Garden design has positive effects on dementia for physical and mental well-being.  Our community garden will offer therapeutic intervention by sensory planting, reminiscence features and awareness raising elements supported by community wide involvement.  On site, tea and coffee will be available in a small tearoom where volunteers will offer informal support and signposting and a space for people with dementia to access with friends and family to reduce isolation and support ongoing community placement and independence.
This prime vacant site at Lauriston Lodge has been offered in the tranquil grounds of an estate under council management with an existing garden and building in need of renovation.  The development will be in partnership with the City of Edinburgh’s Culture Service, Western and Almond Neighbourhood Partnership, Alzheimer’s Scotland, the voluntary sector, (such as the Conservation Volunteer organisations) and the local community expertise.