DFEL Annual Gathering 2018 - Special 
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“I want to live not exist. Right 'til the end." Mrs W.

You are cordially invited to Dementia Friendly East Lothian's Annual Gathering at the Maitlandfield House Hotel


10th October - 10.30am - 3.30pm (and after) - Tea from 10am. Tea, cake & entertainment until 5pm. A relaxed, informal day for people with dementia and carers. We'll be having conversations in the morning and afternoon and finish working at 3.30 pm. You're very welcome to joins us for some tea, cake and entertainment until about 5pm

You can come for the day, pop in for a cuppa and chat or whatever suits.

11th October is for everyone. We start at 9.30 am and finish at 3.30. Tea & coffee available from 9am and again you're welcome to stay for a blether afterwards.


  • To get together to share ideas, experiences, hopes and aspirations
  • Talk about the things that matter to us and what we want to change
  • To start a conversation about the development of Meeting Centres in communities across East Lothian
  • To see and make friends and have fun
  • To change the world

What will we be doing?

  • Setting our agenda and priorities
  • A Pioneer Workshop on Meeting Centres
  • Sharing ideas, experience and inspiration
  • Meeting old friends, making new ones
  • Time for chat, tea and enjoying good company
How do I get there?
If you have dementia or care for or support someone who does as family or friend, we can help with transport. Please get in touch and ask. There is parking at the Maitlandfield.

What are Meeting Centres?

Meeting Centres are a local club or resource for people living with mild and moderate dementia and their friends and families and for carers.   They provide support and help people cope to adjusting to life with dementia.  Meeting Centres started in the Netherlands 25 years ago and research shows they have a positive effect on the lives of people with dementia and their families.    

Professor Dawn Brooker and her team from the University of Worcester are funded by Big Lottery to develop Meeting Centres across the UK. You can hear Dawn talking about her work at our Conference with the Scottish Universities Insight Institute in January HERE.

East Lothian has been selected to work with Professor Brooker and her team as an early-adopter. The team will build on work already going on across our communities and help us develop our hopes and aspirations. Much of what is happening in East Lothian fits very well with the Meeting Centre approach and the academics have much to learn from our work too.

Why 2 Days?

Day 1 - 'Living Not Existing'-  a day for people living with dementia - either as someone with dementia or as family, friends and carers to meet together with people going through similar experiences, to share ideas and work together. Day 1 helps us ensure what we do makes a real and tangible difference to daily life.  

Day 2 - 'Made here By Us'. Dementia is about everyone - communities, health and social care teams, Area Partnerships, schools, libraries - you get the gist!!  We all have a role to play in ensuring people with dementia, families and friends are involved, respected and valued members of the community. We all have much to gain by making our communities better places to live, visit and work.

The Gathering is supported by Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project and Together in Dementia Every Day.

How do I book?

If you are living with dementia or are a family/friend/carer, you don't have to book but if you get in touch with me, I know how many cakes and cuppas to order! You can e-mail me, phone or book online if that’s easier.  Or just turn up. You are always welcome.

You can also book online: 
Day 1:

For everyone else, 11th October is open to everyone. Please book via me or Eventbrite so we can manage the day.

Day 2-:

Please get in touch if you want to come along, can offer help or assistance or if you have any questions.

Hope to see you soon!



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Phone: 07727 883 881 or 01620 895 571
Write: 29, Williamstone Court, North Berwick, EH39 4RQ


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