I have been working and volunteering within community arts since my graduation from Edinburgh College of Art in 2017.
Through the happy coincidences that life throws at you – I wound up on a voluntary programme for older people running creative workshops in sheltered housing and craft cafes. I loved working with the members and met so many characters! After this, I moved into working specifically with people affected by dementia.
My role was dedicated to improving an individual’s emotional, social and physical well-being through a person-centred approach. I learned so much about the effects of dementia and how this can impact a person and those closest to them. I also became aware of how vital community support and services are for those affected by dementia. I connected with so many wonderful charities and community groups – it was their tireless efforts and support that made so much of my work possible!
I was quite young when my Granddad was diagnosed with vascular dementia. In learning more about dementia, I have been able to process how difficult and emotionally draining this must have been for my Grandma and my dad. I realise how much my Grandma must have dealt with alone.
I am passionate about contributing towards a more inclusive society that provides safe spaces and support networks for those affected by dementia.
I am excited to be on board with tide; an organisation that is changing the way we approach dementia care and support. I am proud to say I work for an organisation that is offering a platform for the voices that too often go unheard.