Dementia Specific Support

Contact East Dunbartonshire Dementia Network  for information and advice on all aspects of dementia.

Ceartas Groups

Dementia Cafés

I can’t believe my husband is sitting here talking so openly about dementia!

Quote from Person who attends De Café:

Dementia cafes are groups for anyone living with, or concerned about, dementia or memory loss. These are informal settings where people with dementia and their carers can meet up and speak to each other and staff are also on hand to provide information and support.

  • De Café Kirkintilloch, Kirkintilloch Baptist Church, Upper Hall, 52 Townhead, last Friday of the month, 1.30-3.00pm.
  • De Café Bishopbriggs, Woodhill Evangelical Church, Wester Cleddans Road, the first Tuesday of the month, 2.30pm-4.00pm.
  • De Café Milngavie, Milngavie Town Hall, 71 Station Road, Milngavie, the first Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12pm.
  • De Café Bearsden, Killermont Parish Church, Rannoch Drive, Bearsden, the fourth Tuesday of the month, 2pm-4pm. In partnership with Killermont Parish Church

Carer Cafes

Carer Cafés will offer a relaxed environment with easy access and an opportunity to make friends and talk to others in a similar position; while enjoying a coffee and a slice of cake. The cafés will be open to all carers, experienced staff will be on hand to offer information, support and advice.

  • Carers Café Bearsden,  The Inn, Station Road, G61, the 1st Monday of the month, group runs from 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Carers Cafe Bishopbriggs, The Avenue, 177 Kirkintilloch Road, Bishopbriggs, G64 2LS, the 2nd Monday of the month, group runs from 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Carers Cafe Milngavie, Milngavie Enterprise Centre, Ellangowan Road, Milngavie G62 8PH, the 2nd Friday of the month, group runs from 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Carers Cafe Kirkintilloch, Nonna’s Kitchen, Kirkintilloch, the 4th Monday of the month, group runs from 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Dementia Support Group for Carers Milngavie, Milngavie Enterprise Centre, Ellangowan Road, Milngavie G62 8PH on the 3rd Thursday of the month, group runs from 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Dementia Support Group for Carers  Bishopbriggs, Woodhill Evangelical Church on the third Tuesday of the month

Alzheimer Scotland Groups

  • Picture House – 1st Friday of the month from 3.00pm in the United Free Church, Craigdhu Road, Milngavie, G62 6NL
  • Football Memories Group – 2nd Monday of the month 2.00-3.30pm in the Alzheimer Scotland Resource Centre, Bearsden
  • “Mind That Song” is on the 2nd Friday of the month from 2.00-3.30pm in the Church of Scotland, 61 Drymen Road, Bearsden
  • “Mind That Song” is on the 3rd Friday of the month from 2.00-3.30pm in Hillhead Parish Church, 2 Rosebank Avenue, Kirkintilloch
  • Support for Younger People with Dementia  Contact 0141 418 3941


Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm New Kilpatrick Church.  Offers opportunities for people with dementia to socialise in a small group and enjoy crafts, board and card games, singing, conversation and reminiscences in a caring and supportive environment.  Refreshments provided and transport available within the Bearsden & Milngavie. Contact 0141 942 5351.

Come Dine With Me

Ssometimes as dementia progresses a pleasurable activity eg. going to a restaurant can become more difficult. Bield Housing recognise this and offer Come Dine with Me experiences to help people with dementia, carers, family and friends enjoy the experience of eating out together.  These experiences are available at Mary’s Kitchen in Kirkintilloch and at Wee Betty’s Bistro in Milngavie. They are a series of monthly dining sessions where staff from Bield are on hand to serve food from a special menu in the centres’ dining rooms, they can also assist with personal care needs if required. You can bring your own bottle, the service is free but most people who use the service make a small donation.

Having your Say

A diagnosis of dementia should not mean that you no longer have views, opinions and skills that you can continue to contribute and be a valued member of your local community.

Dementia Voices is a group for people living with dementia, where they have the opportunity to discuss specific issues or concerns they may face and have their views and opinions on local issues and services voiced. The group meets around four times per year and new members are always welcome. To find out more contact 0141 775 0433.

Co-production in East Dunbartonshire

Co-production in East Dunbartonshire is about professionals and communities making better use of each other’s skills, assets and resources to achieve better outcomes. PRESENT is about giving people living with dementia a stronger presence in their local communities.  A report sets out the achievements of PRESENT as of February 2016 and illustrates how it made a difference to people living with dementia in East Dunbartonshire.  A further Report produced by the local consultancy company Integratis Consulting provides qualitative evidence of the difference PRESENT has made to people living with dementia.  In particular, the report captures people participating in PRESENT through a series of personal statements and a number of sound clips.  To become involved get in touch through Dementia Voices on 0141 775 0433 or contact East Dunbartonshire Council on 03001234510 and ask for Social Work.