Building links with dementia

Mearns Kirk helping Hands recent visit to Kelvingrove Art Galllery
Mearns Kirk helping Hands recent visit to Kelvingrove Art Galllery

Local dementia support service Mearns Kirk Helping Hands has received a donation of £1,000 from family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund.

The charity’s team of highly trained volunteers provides services and support to individuals and carers affected by the onset of Dementia or suffering social isolation or bereavement.

The much needed donation will allow Mearns Kirk Helping Hands to expand the range of support materials and equipment it provides, as well as covering general operating costs.

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has a happy history of supporting good causes. The Building Communities Fund was created to continue the company’s ongoing efforts to help organisations and projects which enhance the lives of people within their local communities.

The fund is open throughout the year to applications from charities, community groups, sports teams and schools within a five mile radius of any live Mactaggart & Mickel Homes development like Castle Grove in Newton Mears.

Joanne Casey from Mactaggart & Mickel commented: “Mearns Kirk Helping Hands is one of the first good causes to benefit from our Building Communities Fund and it gives us great pleasure to help them continue to make a difference in their local community.

“We have always been committed to working closely with the communities surrounding our developments, from being as considerate as possible during construction to supporting local organisations, charities, schools and groups.

“The Building Communities Fund allows us to give an extra helping hand to some of these deserving causes.”

Robert Paton, chairman of Mearns Kirk Helping Hands said: “We are an award-winning new charity which has grown out of Mearns Kirk, and our aim is to help those in the community who in turn support those suffering from social isolation, the effects of dementia and the impact of grief following the loss of a loved one.

“We are delighted to receive support from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund as it will assist us with the purchase of much needed technology in the form of new interactive IT equipment.”