A DEMENTIA support charity is inviting Clacks residents to a public engagement session as they get set to apply for a community asset transfer.

Town Break Dementia Support Services plan to apply for the asset transfer of Beech Gardens in Stirling with the aim of transforming it into a dedicated dementia wellbeing centre.

As part of their application, the charity is launching a consultation phase, wherein members of the public are encouraged to share their views on the proposals.

A spokesperson for Town Break said: “Through community asset transfer application, Town Break Dementia Support is hoping to embark on a new journey to establish the dementia wellbeing and support centre in the Forth Valley area.

“Drawing upon over 32 years of dementia experience, our vision is to redefine dementia care by integrating innovative approaches, notably the concept of familiar and practiced places (Mossabir), to provide unparalleled support for individuals affected by dementia.”

As part of the charity’s plans, the dementia wellbeing and support centre would continue to offer existing services carried out throughout Forth Valley already.

The centre would also have a community café space, allowing service users to gather, socialise and participate in activities.

Rooms will be made available for hire for meetings or workshops, a garden space will provide opportunities for outdoor activities and sensory stimulation.

Town Break also plans on providing overnight respite, with fully equipped ensuite rooms staffed by trained professionals, prioritising safety and care for people with dementia.

The spokesperson continued: “We urge members of the Forth Valley community to attend our Community Engagement Day and show your support for this transformative project.

“Together, we can really make the vision of Beech Gardens as a beacon of excellence in dementia care a reality.

“Let’s come together to shape a future where individuals affected by dementia receive the support and care they deserve.”

As previously reported by the Advertiser, funding cuts to Town Break had led to vital services in Clackmannanshire being cut.

This included the Alva Social Group +, which provided a respite for people with dementia and their carers.

The group ceased to function at the end of January, with Town Break optimistic that, should the community asset transfer be successful, people within Clacks will have a place to go for support again.

The Community Engagement Day will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at the Inn in Torbrex, Stirling.

Two sessions will be held; the first taking place between 3pm and 5pm and the second running from 6pm to 8pm.