Town Break SCIO

Welcome to Town Break

14th April 2015

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Looking for a new challenge in 2015? Do you feel passionately about dementia and those who are affected by a diagnosis? If so, we are now recruiting Trustees to join our Board.  For more information please click here.   

PLEASE NOTE:  The staff have new e-mail addresses.  As  from 14th December 2014 you will be able to contact our staff as follows:-

Gail Barton (Development Manager) -

Kirsty Banks (Day Club Co-ordinator) -

Lynda Hutton (Befriending Co-ordinator) -

Darren Reid (Dementia Projects Assistant) -

Ivo Todorov (Day Club Assistant) -

Elizabeth Stewart (Administrator) -

SCIO Status:  We can now confirm that Town Break have changed status with the Office for Scottish Charity Regulators (OSCR).  We are now what is known as a SCIO (a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation).  This change in status will not change our charitable purpose or how we operate on a day to day.  The SCIO is a new legal form for registered Scottish charities.  The SCIO is a corporate body which is a legal entity able to enter into contracts, employ staff, incur debts, own property etc.   This new form of charitable status has been available from 1st April 2011 (OSCR website, June 2014).

Town Break has been supporting people with dementia, their carers and families to help them to live within their communities in Stirling and District since 1992. 

We began by developing a Drop In service where people with dementia could come and be cared for by trained volunteers.  Their carers could choose to stay with them, or go into town for some respite: hence “Town Break”.  The service began in Stirling Baptist Church Hall but now meet in Stirling Community Hospital Rehabilitation Hub.  We were initially supported by the then Central Region Council, Stirling Baptist Church, and Alzheimers Scotland.

Over the years the service has developed, losing the emphasis on the “Drop In” facility and concentrating more on providing regular support via a referral system.  In 2008, the name of the service was changed to more accurately reflect its function and it was renamed Town Break Day Club, followed in 2011 by the launch of our Rural Day Club which takes place in Callander.

In 1994 it was decided to begin a new service to support people who preferred individualised rather than group support.  Town Break Befriending Service then began, where trained volunteers were matched with people with dementia to go and visit them in their own homes.  This arrangement encouraged people to pursue some of their old interests or even tackle new ones that perhaps they would not have the opportunity or the confidence to do without the support of their Befriender.

In 2012 we launched the Friendship Group for people who are currently on the waiting list for a Befriender.

One thing which hasn’t changed is our ethos of supporting people with dementia and their families.  We feel that it is imperative that people with dementia are valued for the individuals that they are, and not seen only as sufferers of a disease. We always endeavour to maintain their skills, provide stimulating enjoyable activities and try to help them combat feelings of loneliness and isolation- and acknowledge that these feelings can also affect the person’s carer too.

Through our Day Club and Befriending services we aim to support people with early to moderate stage dementia to feel that they are still a valued member of society within their local community.  Town Break wants to support people with dementia so that they are able to continue to live within their own home for as long as possible. We also support their carer, if applicable, by providing them with advice and some respite time.


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