University of Stirling
Impact Challenge 2015 Runner-up
Recent research indicates that speaking a foreign language can postpone the effects of dementia by up to five years. This incredible fact led Robbie Norval, a member of staff at the University of Stirling, to set up Lingo Flamingo, a social enterprise business offering tailored language classes to older adults across Scotland.
Robbie founded the company after a close family member was diagnosed with dementia. This experience together with the desire to improve the lives of those living with dementia was the catalyst for the setting up the business.
Working with care homes, day centres and organisations including Dementia in the Community and Alzheimer Scotland, the company provides interactive workshops tailored to older adults with dementia and mental health issues. Since launching in 2015, the company has delivered in excess of 1,000 courses.
“Converge Challenge not only gave us the chance to see if our concept was plausible, it developed our skill base, allowing us to gain confidence in pitching and making a sustainable business plan”