New wave of funding for community dementia projects on offer

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Shares in a second round of money for groups that support and help people suffering from dementia are now up for grabs.

Community projects across the county are being invited to bid for a slice of £186,000, as phase two of the Dementia Support Fund is launched.

Over the last few months, local Clinical Commissioning Groups, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) have been working to establish the Dementia Support Network. This is made up of projects that have been successful in bidding for money from the Dementia Support Fund.

The fund was created to help people with dementia, and those who care for them, to participate in a wide range of activities that will help them to maintain as good a quality of life as possible.

Money from the first wave has already been earmarked for 12 projects which are set to be delivered by 10 different organisations countywide.

Associate Director of Community Partnerships, Paul Jackman said: “We are now setting up the projects and activities from the first round of applications for funding. Already some exciting ideas are being developed and becoming a reality.

“We do have much more to do however and so we are pleased to be able to offer a second chance for people to apply for funding so that we can continue to grow the help and support that is available for people with dementia and those who care for them.”

A full list of the confirmed projects will be announced at a showcase event later this month but early themes include, dementia friendly demonstrator sites, support and activity groups, physical exercise, and funding for cafes.

A Dementia Support Showcase has been organised for Tuesday July 14 from 2pm to 4.30pm at The New Life Conference Centre, in Mareham Lane, Sleaford.

This event is an opportunity to showcase the support available in Lincolnshire’s communities for people with dementia and their carers. It will include groups and organisations that are part of the Dementia Support Network.

If you would like to book a stall at the drop-in style event or for more information on the Dementia Support Network and how to apply for funding contact the Community Partnerships Team on (1529 222216 or visit www.lpft.nhs.uk/dementia-support-network.

The deadline for applications to apply for the new wave of the Dementia Support Fund is September 1, 2015.