Dumbarton’s MP highlighted support available to families affected by dementia as he visited the town’s dementia-friendly singing group.

The Every Voice Choir, organised by Clydebank-based Alzheimer Scotland, welcomed SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes to their session at St Augustine’s Church, Dumbarton.

The event coincided with Dementia Awareness Week, which boasted the theme that nobody should have to go through dementia alone.

Mr Docherty-Hughes said: “The community choir at St Augustine’s is a great example of the work being carried in support of people affected by dementia and their families by Alzheimer Scotland.

“There’s been real progress in recent years in how we diagnose, treat and care for people affected by dementia, but it remains one of the greatest health challenges we face today.”

Around 1,400 in West Dunbartonshire are living with dementia.

Fiona Kane, dementia adviser for Alzheimer Scotland, said: “The community choir has become a focal point for many people with dementia, carers and former carers who tell me how important it has become. Not just as a place to sing but also to meet others, feel supported and to continue to feel part of a community.”