Helping children to understand dementia
A social enterprise based in Scotland has produced the world's first personalised children's book to help younger members come to terms with dementia in the family.
The Ally Bally Bee Project aims to to ease the distress experienced by children and families affected by dementia by exploring behaviour traits in a way children can understand.
The brainchild of Edinburgh family Matthew Adams, Nina Aikas and ‘wee Lana’, the project has been two and a half years in the making, and has turned into an international undertaking. Matthew lives in Scotland, the illustrator in England and the author in Sweden.
The result is a personalised hard copy book, complemented by a digital version.
Dementia affects every family differently -– which is why we wanted to create a children’s book that was relevant to your family’s situation.”
The project has already generated a huge amount of support attracting nearly 17,000 Twitter and 4,000 Instagram supporters throughout the development process, and has now been shortlisted in the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards.
It’s an honour to be nominated in the ‘one to watch’ category,” explains Matthew. “We’re just a small team doing this in our spare time so it’s nice to know our hard work is being recognised.
“To attend the ceremony at the Scottish Parliament, regardless of whether we win or not, will be a win in itself.
The personalised book, priced £20, can be ordered through the Project's website www.allyballybee.org