Funding for new dementia project will get you singing


The first wave of money from a community-based dementia support fund has now been earmarked for a number of county projects.

Nine organisations have been successful in scooping a share of the £167,000 Dementia Support Fund.

The fund has been created by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), who have also established their own Dementia Support Network.

The network aims to help people with dementia, and those who care for them, to participate in activities that will help maintain as good a quality of life as possible.

The Alzheimer’s Society will be running ‘Singing for the Brain’ sessions in Sleaford, along with activities groups in the west and south west of the county.

Service Manager for Lincolnshire Alzheimer’s Society, Nasim Minhas, said the singing groups were based on a model which was piloted over 20 years ago.

“Singing can evoke memories and help take people back into their past lives,” she said.

“All our groups are supported by volunteers and we also use instruments such as tambourines in the sessions so people can play along and get involved.”

The successful projects were announced at a recent showcase event in Sleaford by LPFT.

Revival Lincolnshire will offer a countywide community connections project; Age Care Advice will run a county wide dementia companions project, the Citizens Advice Bureau will offer county wide advice on dementia support.