A two-year-long project to make the Prestwick promenade more accessible for people living with dementia has unveiled three new wind vanes to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Day on Monday 21st September.
Dementia Friendly Prestwick has worked in partnership with the local community, South Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire Roads Alliance, and Paths for All to make the promenade more pleasant and engaging. Building local community links between people living with dementia, their families, carers, support charities and health professionals is a key feature of a successful Dementia Friendly project.
The charity who are helping people living with dementia remain part of their community carried out a public consultation which gathered overwhelming support for the project. Small changes can make a big difference towards a more accessible, engaging, safe and welcoming walking route along the seafront.
Changes that have been made include:
• Easy read toilet signs
• New directional signs
• New noticeboards on the promenade and civic garden (Boydfield Gardens) to share information about local events and services
• Colourful benches with arm rests
• A new road crossing island on Links Road to make walking from the promenade to the toilets and café safer
• Three poetry wind vanes depicting the islands that can be seen from the shore: Ailsa Craig, Arran, and the Holy Isle.
Adhering to current guidelines, the dementia friendly walks that Elissa mentions resumed today – 21st September, 11am starting at the Grangemuir Road end of Prestwick’s seafront. The wide promenade is useful while we all take care to maintain social distancing. There’s space for more people to walk with us, and please get in touch if you are interested or if you have questions we can help with.