Can Aberfeldy become a Dementia Friendly town?

Perth and Kinross Council Community Greenspace ranger and Breadalabane Community Library attended the community workshop about making a Dementia Friendly Aberfeldy.

This working partnership used this event to launch the ten week block of dementia friendly sessions, for early spring 2019.  The theme is life cycles, looking at Butterflies and plant life cycles.  These sessions will be open to all and will be a mix of indoor and outdoor time, with time for a cuppa and chat.

The event was very inspiring and full of use full tips, which we and other organisations will be taking.  So if you have any ideas or suggestions how to make Aberfeldy’s greenspaces dementia friendly and therefore friendly to all please do get in touch, .

For those interested in who else was there please see the Facebook write up, below.

Aberfeldy Community Council

Dementia Friendly Aberfeldy Launch Event
The purpose of the event was to establish if there was appetite within the community for Aberfeldy to work towards Dementia-Friendly status.
The event was well attended with 72 people taking part, including speakers.
There were essentially two parts to the event. The first part explored already established dementia–friendly communities nationally and internationally. The second, a Market Stall section that functioned as folk were gathering, but which was set up the whole time, in which 16 organisations were able to show and tell their work in this area.
There was clear support for taking the concept of Dementia-Friendly Aberfeldy forward and the next steps were outlined by Janette Barrie.
If interested in supporting the group, please get in touch via the e-mail address

Organisations and Contact Info (no particular order):
• The Care and Wellbeing Co-operative – Helping shape care in rural Perthshire
Ph: 07548 257 436 e-mail
• Alzheimer Scotland – Action on Dementia.
Freephone: 0808 808 3000 – e-mail:
• The Home Safety Partnership (NHS Tayside, PKC, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Scottish Police, Perthshire Housing, PKAVS, Age Scotland) contact Carolyn Wilson E-mail: Tel: 01738 473146
• Perth and Kinross Healthy Communities – contact Audra Webster for the North Perthshire Locality. E-mail Mob: 07896 280 852
• The Birks Cinema Screen Memories Project – resuming Soon – E-mail:
• The Birks Cinema Adult Health and Well Being Activities :
Chair Based Exercise – Mondays 11.15-12.00 am – with Emma Burtles
Craic ‘n’ Craft Thursday from 2-4 pm for a cup of tea, craic and craft
Second Sunday of the month 3pm Afternoon tea and singalong
More info: from Fiona 07990 834 092
• Start Active, Stay Active:
• Stride for Life Health Walks – live active Wellbeing –
Contact Colin Melville Ph: 01738 454 628 – Walks established in Kinross, Crieff, Alyth, North Muirton, Birnam, Bankfoot, Stanley …. Aberfeldy next?
• Kirrie Connections: The Dementia Friendly Kirremuir Project.
E-mail: Phone: 01575 573 805
• PKAVS Thirds Sector and Volunteering Hubs – Third Sector Interface for Perth & Kinross (TSI) E-mail Ph: 01738 567 076
(PKAVS = Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service Ltd. It is a registered Charity)
• Paths for All – supporting a network of Health Walk groups across Scotland E-mail: Ph: 01259 218 888
• Live active Wellbeing – Make the First Move – advice and support Active Community Team Tel: 01738 454 616
Activity Referral Coordinators Tel: 01738 454660
General Wellbeing Enquiries E-mail
• PKAVS Carers Hub – Ph: 01738 452 214 E-mail
• Wellbeing Support Team Aberfeldy Ph: 01887 822462
• The Home Straight – Independent Living Solutions for older people Call: 07840 544 420 E-mail
• Happy Highlanders For partners, carers or befrienders of someone suffering from Dementia
Contacts: Margaret Hamilton (Chair) 01796 470 360 or Linda Crookston (Vice Chair) 01796 482 724 or Linda Thomson (Secretary) 01738 787 425


What is in the woods?

Mysterious little doorways and shelters, small enough for faeries or a “peg person” tocof child size have been appearing in the woods….. in the Birks of Aberfeldy.  This has been


partly due to the increase use by Breadalbane Primary School.  This has been done through outdoor education sessions.


PKC Community Greenspace Ranger Service has been supporting a number of groups to complete both the John Muir Awards and Patrick Geddes Awards by introducing them to the woodland and its history and providing conservation tasks, all in line with the woodland management plan.

Other groups such as the Aberfeldy Beaver Scouts are also using this resource.  There will be many more that we do not even know about!


This has seen an increase of den building by all user groups. This has unfortunately lead to habitat piles being taken apart for this educational exercise and just for fun.  The Ranger Service will therefore be trialing adopt a habitat pile and a designated area for den building and would love to hear what the users of the Birks think of this.


Helping each other..

There are an amazing number of organisations and groups in Highland Perthshire. All doing great work within and outwith their communities.  However, times are hard not only in a financial sense but also in peoples time.  So it is heart warming see when groups help each other out and hopefully mutually benefiting.  Once such example is between the Pitlochry Choral Society and the Pitlochry Path Group. A thank you appeared in a local newspaper….

“Pitlochry & District Choral Society is a local amateur Choir which produces two concerts each year for the local and wider community.  As a typical small charity, they face considerable challenges to raise sufficient funds to finance their concerts, and yet they usually also manage to organise a completely independent bucket collection for the audience to contribute to other charitable or community causes.

The beneficiaries of the 2017 Christmas Concert were the Pitlochry Paths Group, a group of dedicated and unpaid local volunteers (many are retired) who strive to maintain many of the popular footpaths around Pitlochry, improving access for the less able and allowing both the local folk and also the tourists to continue to enjoy these lochside, hillside and woodland walks.  The Paths Group is not itself a Charity, simply a small band of local residents, and it therefore sits under the umbrella of ‘Pitlochry In Bloom’ and its constitution and upon whom the Group relies for banking arrangements etc.

The Bucket collection amounted to just over £350 for the Pitlochry Path Group and these funds will go towards current work on a particularly popular footpath from Lagreach Brae to the new multi-access path at the Pitlochry Dam.

On behalf of the Pitlochry Path Group we would like to thank the Choral Society for organising the collection, and the audience for their generosity in helping to fund the work of the Group.

We need all the help we can get so if you are interested in donating or joining the group please contact .”



A visit from the Dirty Weekenders Conservation Group!


Eighteen students from Edinburgh University (the Dirty Weekenders) recently helped us tidy up the Loon Braes pond and surrounding area in Rattray, Blairgowrie. The group of keen volunteer’s ventured into the pond with waders and protective gauntlets to clear invasive weed and litter. The team also chopped up Trees on the island felled by Beavers and with the help of BRAN cleared some of the footpaths around the pond. (see slideshow below for more photos from the day)

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The group visited the area for the weekend, staying near by in Cally Hall and working on both Saturday and Sunday. We would like to thank the community for all the support offered and the Loon Braes Parknership for providing lunch on both days.

The pond is looking much cleaner and weed free as a result of the handwork by the Dirty Weekenders.



Community Environment Challenge Fund

Acorn Dell Path Improvements

Work to improve the footpath along Lady Mary’s Walk by the side of the Turret Burn, has been progressing extremely well despite the wet weather. The path improvements are all down to the efforts of a very active group of volunteers who formed the ‘Friends of Acorn Dell’  a few years ago with the aim of repairing the section which runs through the community owned land.

Under the direction of the Crieff Community Trust and along with The Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust & PKC, the group has raised substantial funds to make this happen. A major part of the funding came from PKC’s Community Environment Challenge Fund which voluntary or community organisations can access for projects which could make a significant difference to the local environment.

Typical criteria which the fund requires are “Benefits to the wider community”, “Link to other regeneration initiatives” and “An ability to complete the project within 12 months” all of which the Group were able to meet.

Crieff Community Trust have an excellent site at where you can read more about the progress of the path and how to get involved in the projects set out in the Crieff Community Action Plan

For more information about the fund and how your community can apply for support visit

Established in 1997, Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust support a wide range of projects across the area.