First year of dementia-friendly disco in Fraserburgh hailed a success

© Duncan BrownBoogy in full swing at the Fraserburgh leisure centre.
Boogy in full swing at the Fraserburgh leisure centre.

Organisers have celebrated a year of staging dementia-friendly discos in a north-east town by putting on a special birthday bash.

The monthly Boogie in the Bar events at Fraserburgh’s leisure centre provide an opportunity for people with dementia, their carers and others to let their hair down and have some fun.

Now organisers have said the last 12 months have proven to be a major success, with the event becoming a draw for hundreds of regulars.

Elaine Robb, who is part of the organising committee, said the afternoon parties have been “fantastic”.

She said: “Fraserburgh has been fantastic and the whole concept follows the events started in Aberdeen.

“We started in the Broch and have about 130 people who come along regularly from local care homes and sheltered housing complexes.”

The Boogie in the Bar scheme was launched at the Foundary Bar in Aberdeen by Anne and Bill Duncan in 2017 and regular events are also held in Peterhead, Elgin and Banff.

Lunch is also provided by local businesses at the free gatherings, which take place on the second Wednesday of every month.

The Rotary Club of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally, Gray and Adams, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Alzheimer Scotland all support the project.

Mrs Robb said it was great that firms from the town are pulling together for the discos.

She said: “We have plenty of support from local businesses, the DJ and all of the care homes.

“It is proving to be popular because it is somewhere people can go and be safe, and there is no need to get a bus or anything like that.”

The next Boogie in the Bar takes place at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre on Wednesday, July 10, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

For more information people can contact 07776 471889.

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