Town Break (originally known as Town Break Stirling Group) began its journey in 1992 providing a service to people with dementia in the absence of any statutory provision. The service started with the provision of a Drop-in Centre (Day Care) running one day a week in the Town Centre, where carers of people with dementia could safely leave the person they were caring for and go off for some time on their own, hence the name Town Break.
Two years later, Town Break recognised that not everyone wanted to become part of a group setting, some clients wanted to be in a one-to-one situation. A new Befriending Service was born.
April 2011 saw the beginning of another crucial service, our Rural Day Club which supports those with dementia living in the outlying areas of the District. The Club runs from St Andrew's Episcopal Church Hall in Callander and supports people from Doune, Callander, Buchlyvie and further north towards Aberfoyle.
During 2012 the waiting list for the Befriending Service peaked at 44 people resulting in the formation of a Friendship Group. Clients with dementia plus carers can attend once a month to a group which offers friendship, entertainment and afternoon tea. During this time, support would be provided by the Befriending Co-ordinator, volunteers and various groups who could provide further advice and support, meeting the unmet need of couples wanting to spend social time together as a couple. A member of the Community Mental Health Team for the Elderly (CMHTE) also attends so that if anyone has any concerns, they can have an informal chat about it. The aim is to provide early intervention so that the service users and their families can be supported from the beginning of their time at Town Break until a suitable befriender can be found. This service has now been extended to individuals awaiting a place at the Day Club. Town Break is proud to report that the Joint Improvement Team has classed the service as an example of good practice.
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Town Break began its journey in 1992 providing a service to people with dementia in the absence of any statutory provision. The service started with the provision of a Drop-in Centre (Day Care) running one day a week in the Town Centre, and over the years has grown to offer five Dementia specific support services.
To develop appropriate and suitable activities and services for Town Break clients.
To increase health, wellbeing and quality of life for people living with dementia.
To reduce isolation and loneliness of individuals who have a medical diagnosis of mild-moderate dementia with a result of maintaining individuals at home for as long as possible.
To provide advice, guidance and support to carers on an ongoing basis to enable them in their caring role.
To provide support, advice and guidance along with appropriate (accredited and non-accredited) training to enable volunteers to undertake their role and develop their skills.
To upskill and support our staff for their continued professional development
To evaluate the impact and value of services provided.
"Town Break provides person-centred services to support people with dementia and their carers using the skills of trained, supportive and committed staff and volunteers. Weliaise with otheragencies, both statutory and voluntary, to help to support people with dementia to continue to live in their own homes within Stirling District."