Bird tables for Dementia

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The Inverurie Scouts have presented bird tables to Bennachie View care home as part of the ‘A Million Hands’ project.

The Scouts made the bird tables last year as part of a sleepover event at Kellands Park.

As well as the tables the group also made bird, bat and squirrel boxes and an insect hotel for the Rose Gardens.

The bird tables were never placed anywhere so Inverurie Scout Leader, Scott Adams, decided to keep a hold of them until the right project was found for them.

As part of ‘A Million Hands’ the Scouts decided to focus on Dementia and Scott soon made contact with Bennachie View Care Home.

Care Home assistant manager and dementia champion, Nadine Mennie, was delighted to hear that the group wanted to work with the residents and that the young people were showing an interest in dementia.

It was then agreed that the Scouts could donate their bird tables and visit the residents.

Scott decided to order plaques which would show off the project and let residents in years to come know that Inverurie Scouts had been out in the community.

Eight Scouts were chosen from the troop to visit Bennachie View on Friday, December 2.

Scott and Scout leader Gordon Gill took the Scouts into the social area of the home where some residents had gathered.

Nadine introduced the group and they then presented their bird tables.

She then gave a talk about dementia, the home and caring for the residents which was very beneficial to everyone.

The Scouts then went out to mingle with the residents and had a chat with them while serving them all a cup of tea and a biscuit.

The group spent an hour with the residents before heading back to the Scout Hut to join the rest of the Scouts to make bird feeders to accompany the tables.

Scott said: “We have been invited back next year to get the Scouts and residents to put up the Christmas decorations together so we look forward to a future where the Scouts can be out more often.”