Forthcoming workshops

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Stirling has advised that no face to face workshops should take place before 15 June 2020. This has meant we have had to postpone a number of workshops across the country. We’re really sorry we’re not able to bring this to you sooner, but as I’m sure you’ll understand we want to ensure the safety of those who attend the workshops, those they support and our staff. We are rescheduling workshops to the autumn, anticipating that these will be able to run as normal. Thank you to everyone who has helped re-organise these workshops and for your patience while we do so.

Workshops are run free of charge thanks to funding secured from charitable organisations. The following workshops are currently available:

Friday 28th August 2020 – Stirling
Thursday 3rd September 2020 – Stornoway
Wednesday 30th September 2020 – Ullapool
Thursday 1st October 2020 – Aviemore
w/c 5 October 2020 – Skye
Wednesday 14th October 2020 – Dunbar
w/c 19 October 2020 – Westray, Orkney
w/c 19 October May 2020 – Stronsay, Orkney
Friday 27th November 2020 – Stirling

There will be more locations and dates coming soon.  For more information, and to book your place, please contact us at or on 01786 467740.

Sheila Sloan attended a DSDC workshop and it had a dramatic effect on her and her husband’s life. Sheila’s husband Ian kindly spoke at DSDC’s International Masterclass in 2019, sharing his experiences before and after the workshop. His presentation, titled ‘Living with dementia: how DSDC changed my life’, can be watched below.

Ian Sloan, ‘Living with dementia: how DSDC changed my life’

If you are unable to attend a workshop but would like to receive the takeaway resources, the 10 Helpful Hints range, please email us at with your name and postal address. Please note that we only have funding to share these resources free of charge in Scotland.

Workshop content

DSDC has created informal educational face to face workshops for family carers and volunteers. Each workshop lasts around four hours and is completely free to attend. Each workshop will cover:

  • Understanding dementia.
  • Implications of a diagnosis.
  • Understanding the impact of the environment.
  • Addressing communication issues and strategies that can be used to better understand behaviour, which can help in caring and support roles.
  • Preventing stress and distress.
  • Managing common symptoms for people living at home.
  • Preventing crisis situations leading to inappropriate hospital admissions.
  • Promoting support networks through fellow carers and shared experiences.

Workshops are all one off standalone events, which provide informal carers and volunteers with the knowledge and understanding that will support them in their role(s).

The online learning hub (the information found under the ‘Dementia Information’ tab on this website) reflects the content provided in the face to face workshops. The workshops can be used in conjunction with the online hub or the workshops/online hub can be used independently of one another.

Dementia education workshops for family carers and volunteers


“Thanks – an excellent day – pitched at the right level”

“I know more after today than I have over the last 8 years”

“I was amazed at how helpful [the] information was considering I worked in the care industry.”