The original idea of a caring campus for
Dumfries and Galloway came from the academic institutes within the
Crichton Campus and has been discussed across several organisations
Two events took place in 2016 to explore how ‘The Crichton Care
Campus’ may look. The first, in October, was a public dissemination
event – ‘Re-imagining Care in Dumfries and Galloway’ and was attended by
60 participants from across the public, third and independent sectors.
As well as this, focus groups with 50 older people were run by 3
undergraduate students from the University of Glasgow.
The interest and energy gained from these events, and renewed support
from key partners, resulted in three streams of work being developed.
The first of these is the Care Campus Project. Our project’s main aim
is to assess the feasibility of developing opportunities for a new rural
care model, with links across Dumfries and Galloway. The project is
funded until September 2019 by LEADER, and other local supporters, and
employs 3 part-time staff.
Our small team is currently identifying the housing and care needs
within the region and talking to key stakeholders from across the
public, third and independent sectors about the wider needs and
challenges that we face. In the later stages of the project, a
community consultation will be carried out with several communities
across the region to find out what people want as they age and what can
help to make Dumfries and Galloway the best place to grow old.
This work is taking place alongside two other streams of work that
emerged from the events in 2016. The second is the advancement of a
physical development on, or near, the Crichton Campus. This could
include many innovative aspects, such as intergenerational housing, a
teaching care home and nursery, as well as contemporary design and
eco-friendly buildings. There would also be links with academic
institutes on the campus. The leading advocate for this project is
David Clark, Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of
Glasgow, in Dumfries. He is also the Technical Director for the funded
Care Campus Project. The final stream is the Academy of Care, which is
being taken forward by the Open University, with links to the academic
institutes at the Crichton Campus. This project is re-imagining how
care training is provided in Dumfries and Galloway.
The vision for the future is that the outcomes of the Care Campus
Project will help to inform any physical development on or near the
Crichton Campus and will also link in with the Academy of Care, whilst
ensuring that the positive effects are felt on a regional basis.
You can read more about our vision here: The Vision