AN INITIATIVE to help improve the lives of elderly people living with dementia is on its way to Alloa.

Award-winning Edinburgh charity Hearts & Minds have been awarded a grant of £15,360 from the National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All Scotland.

This money will help enable the charity to launch their Elderflower programme, allowing for tailor made interactions for individuals living with dementia.

Sean Donnelly, CEO of Hearts & Minds, said: “We are delighted that our Elderflower programme has been awarded funding from the National Lottery.

“This crucial support will enable Hearts & Minds to create personalised interactions specifically designed for individuals living with dementia in Clackmannan.

“We understand the importance of fostering positive human connections for those affected by dementia, and our aim is to provide them with meaningful, engaging, and often uplifting experiences that significantly contribute to their well-being and overall quality of life.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the National Lottery for this award, which will allow us to extend our reach and impact to even more individuals this year.”

The Elderflower programme involves professional performers trained in clowning techniques to provide laughter and enjoyment to those living with dementia.

They are fully trained to use their skills in healthcare environments and include improvisation, slapstick, music and rhythm.

The Elderflowers currently visit Findlay House in Edinburgh and Borders General Hospital, but will be returning to Clackmannanshire with this funding.

The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, Kate Still added: “Every day National Lottery funding is changing the lives of thousands of people in communities across Scotland for the better. This project delivered by Hearts & Minds Limited, is a great example of community activity in action, showing just what can be achieved when people come together for a common cause or to help others. National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is helping to support this vital work which is making a real difference to so many.”