Pioneer website to help dementia sufferers

A MONIFIETH based dementia researcher has launched a new website to help sufferers of the condition.

The launch of the online site BletherBox was said to be a success and aims to create a brighter future for those affected by dementia in Scotland.

The site was launched on Monday, August 27 at Murray Royal Hospital in Perth and is the first online forum that is specifically designed for people in Scotland with dementia, their families and their carers.

Leigh-Ann White, the creator of BletherBox, said: “We had a very good turn out for the launch. There were 25 people there which was more than we expected.”

Ms White is a clinical studies officer with the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network (SDCRN) based at Ashludie, Monifieth.

Representatives who attended the launch have shown a great interest and have asked Ms White to present to their organisations to raise awareness. She said: “I have received a lot of follow up since the launch and I have been asked to present to the Dementia Services Development Centre in Stirling and the Dementia Café in Perth. We are also starting to get linked up with other websites such as which is similar to Bletherbox but in England.”

Since the launch last week the number of BletherBox users has gone from 26 to 68, and the number of people following them on Twitter has jumped from 89 to 155.

The site has been designed to support dementia sufferers and those around them who cannot attend help groups. Ms White said: “We are still trying to raise awareness further and are waiting to hear back from other organisations.”