Dementia Friendly Dingwall?

What is a Dementia Friendly Community?

A dementia friendly community is made up of the whole community – shop assistants, public service workers, faith groups, businesses, police, fire and ambulance staff, bus drivers, school pupils, clubs and societies, and community leaders – people who are committed to working together and helping people with dementia to remain a part of their community and not become apart from it.

With your help it’s very possible we could make Dingwall a very Dementia Friendly town… the first in Ross Shire. This involves learning a little about dementia and doing very simple and practical things that can make an enormous difference to people living with the condition.

There is no “one-size fits all” for a dementia-friendly community but you may find some of the material developed so far useful so visit Alzheimer Scotland Online for access to their toolkits

Hints and Tips for Shops and Businesses

People with dementia may visit your shop, business or workplace. Sometimes they will need extra assistance to help them to use your services. This multifold leaflet provides some simple tips that may help you to make your organisation more dementia-friendly.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more info on how to help make Dingwall Dementia Friendly, please contact

Bogus caller advice after theft in Dingwall

Police in Dingwall are advising the public to be aware of bogus callers after a reported theft in the town.Dingwall Bogus-caller

Officers were made aware yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, February 14) of a man attending homes in the town offering cleaning products for sale.

A small quantity of cash was stolen from a property in the Gladstone Avenue area, which officers believe is linked to this doorstep trader.

Officers are keen to speak to a man in connection with the incident, described as being in his 30s, about 5ft tall and of slim build with short dark hair.

Sergeant Mike Gallie said: “We would advise the community to be wary of cold callers who arrive on your doorstep unannounced offering items for sale.

“Always be sure of who you are dealing with. Ask for ID and check it – a genuine caller will be happy to present their credentials to provide peace of mind.

“If you have doubts it is best to politely decline their business and certainly do not invite them into your home.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference NE1954/18, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.

Locals views asked for…

Scottish Natural Heritage (Scottish Natural HeritageSNH) wants to hear from people with an interest in Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve to help prepare future plans.

Overlooking the town of Dingwall, and prominent on the skyline from Inverness, Ben Wyvis dominates the local landscape and is one of a small number of high-plateau mountain sites in the UK.

A significant part of the mountain is a National Nature Reserve (NNR), owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). This Munro supports a mosaic of upland habitats, which attracts a range of upland wildlife including mountain specialists like dotterel, mountain hares and ptarmigan, as well as red deer and the occasional golden eagle.

Ian Sargent, the reserve manager, said: “Ben Wyvis is a great place for people to connect with and enjoy Scotland’s rugged upland nature. As part of considering our plans for the future, we would like to hear what people value most about this nature reserve, and their suggestions for ongoing management”.Ben-wyvis

The reserve’s quiet seclusion attracts hillwalkers to enjoy the NNR from the well-established path which makes it a popular and well-known ascent. In conditions of poor visibility, navigation along the summit becomes more difficult, and as a result several paths have formed.  SNH has recently been working to encourage walkers to use one main path, while restoring and re-vegetating adjacent areas to improve these sensitive upland habitats.

SNH has published a draft plan and a consultation leaflet and will be holding a drop-in event on Monday 5 February at Garve Village Hall. Consultation leaflets and more information may be downloaded from the NNR website ( or by e -mailing SNH at

The consultation period runs from 29 January until 12 March 2018.

Return of unwanted brown bins

artworkThe Highland Council’s chargeable garden waste brown bin collection service started on 3rd July 2017 and to date approximately 32,000 garden waste brown bin permits have been purchased. This accounts for 48% of households that previously received the Garden Waste Collection Service.

The Council is now implementing the process of collecting unwanted brown bins from households who do not wish to use the garden waste service and want their bins removed.

Unwanted brown bins will be collected over a 2 week period from Monday 4th December 2017 to Friday 15th December 2017. Householders need to check which day their bin will be collected by going to the Highland Council website (external link)  or calling 01349 886603.

Brown bins should be empty before collection and householders should refrain from returning their brown bin, if they think they may need to use the Garden Waste Collection Service in the future.  Empty brown bins will also be accepted at our Recycling Centres.

Householders can still take their garden waste along to their local Recycling Centre free of charge. Householders are also encouraged to compost garden waste at home wherever possible.

To find your local Recycling Centre that can accept garden waste, please visit

Christmas Lights Switch On…

Come 2017---Christmas_Lights_poster-on down to the High Street in Dingwall on 1st December 2017 and join us as we have a Torchlight parade down the High Street following Santa being pulled on his sleigh by some live Reindeer.


On the Stage in front of the Town Hall will be the Dingwall Primary School Choir with the Michelle and Aileen Highland Dancers. There will also be a chance to sing along with the Great Johnny Bremner on Guitar.

The Reindeer will be staying for a while in their pen on the high Street too so there should be loads of fun for everyone this Christmas

Dingwall to host Syrian Refugees

Five families are expected to arrive in the town in January, following security checks.Syrian-camp
It will be the second group of refugees to be settled in Ross-shire. The first came to Alness in May 2016.
Another four families were placed in Kinlochleven in January as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Re-settlement Scheme, paid for by the UK Home Office.
At a press conference last night, ahead of a public engagement event at Ross County Football Club, Ross and Cromarty civic leader Margaret Paterson said Ross-shire has been chosen for the second time to reflect the historic welcoming nature of the district, as well as availability of housing and school places.
“We have a history of being welcoming people and that goes back many, many years,” she said.
“We are very friendly people and in the past when we had to leave Scotland’s shores in the Highland Clearances we were made welcome elsewhere and we will never forget that.
“The refugees coming have been through a tremendous ordeal and I am sure many individuals, voluntary groups and local businesses and organisations will want to help them settle in and will rally together to provide the support and hospitality that we are known across the world for.”
The latest group comes as part of the Highland Syrian Resettlement programme, which will see 25 to 30 families coming to live in the region in the next five years.
Re-settlement officer Peter Broomfield said volunteers have been “invaluable” to the families who are already in the Highlands and asked anybody interested in helping to contact the council.
Dingwall Community Council chairman Nigel Greenwood said he was confident the council, NHS Highland and the police had prepared for the latest arrival in Dingwall.
“There is a difference between these people who are being housed here because they have had to flee their own country and someone who has chosen to come and live in Dingwall,” he said.
“We just want to be able to welcome them and support them without being in their faces.”
The families will be housed in council properties and will be granted a five-year refugee visa.

Taken from: North Star