‘Thingmabobs’ dementia storytelling event in Inverurie

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PEOPLE with dementia and their families are being invited along to a group which uses poems and stories to share memories with others. The Inverurie-based Thingmabobs Reader Group is open to anyone who has dementia, their family and friends. Using words, pictures and sound, the club aims to encourage storytelling and share the love of reading.

The event on Monday, February 18 at Inverurie Library, is part of the Aberdeenshire Celebrates festival, a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council and Voluntary Arts Scotland, aiming to promote cultural activity in the area. This event, supported by Aberdeenshire Libraries, Alzheimer Scotland and local businesses, aims to promote the work of the group and benefit individuals and families affected by dementia.

The group meet at Inverurie Library on the second Monday of each month, with this special event encouraging new members to share their own stories and stimulate discussion among the group.

An estimated 4,000 people in Aberdeenshire have been diagnosed with dementia, and by participating in shared experiences such as reading and storytelling, individuals benefit from better self-confidence and motivation.

The storytelling event, taking place on Monday, February 18, will feature a talk from local storyteller Grace Banks, who works with community groups across the North-east to share funny, sad and reflecting stories.

Grace said: “One of my main goals is to support young and old to discover their own potential while gaining a sense of self-worth and place within their community.

“I do this through using traditional, historical and modern tales, and I am very excited to hear what memories people will share at this event.”

The event aims to raise awareness of the support system for people with dementia, and to encourage their carers and family to share the storytelling experience. Members of Alzheimer Scotland and Aberdeenshire Libraries on hand to offer support and advice. The event starts at 11.30am and refreshments will be available.

More information is available from network librarian Julia McCue on (01467) 621755, or visit Inverurie Library.