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  • £100,000 boost for dementia friendly communities in Scotland

    Almost £1.4 million funding has been awarded to a social enterprise network that brings together unpaid carers of people with dementia.  The funding will be used to support carers in Scotland to have a greater say in the day to day issues that affect them and those they care for.  

  • More than £1 million funding boost for carers of people with dementia in Scotland

    Almost £1.4 million funding has been awarded to a social enterprise network that brings together unpaid carers of people with dementia.  The funding will be used to support carers in Scotland to have a greater say in the day to day issues that affect them and those they care for.   

  • £100,000 funding for legal support to ensure people with dementia can access rights

    £100,000 funding has been awarded to Scottish charity MECOPP, to provide legal support to people affected by dementia to help them access their rights to self-directed support. 

  • New scheme to protect people with dementia from financial scams

    A new initiative has been launched across three local authority areas in Scotland to protect residents living with dementia from predatory financial fraudsters.£405,000 has been awarded to East Renfrewshire, Angus and South Ayrshire, to work together to develop a preventative approach to protect people with dementia from financial exploitation. 

  • Care Experienced Young People funded to think big about their future

    A unique funding opportunity that will allow care experienced young people in Scotland to think big about their future and help them achieve their potential has been launched. Care experienced young people between the ages of 21-26 can apply for an ‘Aspirational Award’, to realise an ambition or dream which will create a long-term impact on their life, or to help them accomplish a long-term goal.

  • Groundbreaking ‘Dementia Dog’ scheme in Scotland given £300,000 funding boost

    A ground breaking programme which provides support to people affected by dementia through the provision of ‘Dementia Dogs’ has been given a funding boost of £300,000.

  • £105,000 funding boost for Shetland dementia befriending scheme 

    A new befriending scheme for people with dementia in Shetland is the latest recipient of a funding award from the Life Changes Trust. The one to one befriending project, delivered by charity ‘Voluntary Action Shetland’ is receiving a funding boost of £105,000.

  • European foundation launches report on importance of community in challenging dementia 

    The European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) are launching a brand new research report - ‘Mapping Dementia Friendly Communities across Europe’. Using case studies to illustrate the role that communities can play in helping people live better with dementia, the report will highlight how dementia friendly communities allow people living with dementia to live well in the place they call home. 

  • £2 million funding to champion Scotland’s care experienced young people 

    Scotland’s care experienced young people are to have a bigger say in the decisions that affect their lives thanks to a funding boost of £2 million. The money will be used to set up and support a number of trail blazing ‘Champions Boards’ across Scotland (20th April 2016) 

  • ​£100,000 funding for pioneering tool to help give people with dementia a voice

    Two organisations specialising in communication services and support have been awarded £100,000 to develop a new online service which will help more people with dementia communicate their thoughts and opinions.The service will be specifically designed to allow people living with dementia, and who have communication difficulties, to share their experiences of health and social care and communicate their thoughts and opinions about the quality of care they are receiving. The two organisations receiving funding are Patient Opinion and Talking Mats (11th February 2016) 

  • One million pound funding to support people with dementia to live in their own homes

    An organisation which supports older people to live longer in their own homes has been given one million pounds to provide customised support services for people affected by dementia.The money will be used to improve the homes, independence and confidence of people living with dementia, ensuring that they receive equipment and adaptations to assist them to continue to live independently within their own homes for as long as possible (22nd January 2016)

 


Peer mentoring for care experienced young people funding - Half a million pound investment in Scotland’s young people

  • £190,000 funding to support young people in Greater Glasgow

    Two new projects supporting care experienced young people in and around Glasgow have been given the go-ahead thanks to a funding windfall of £190,000. The peer mentoring projects will be run by Ypeople and Up-2-US, and will offer a range of peer mentoring services (23rd November 2015)
  • £87,000 to support young people in Glasgow and Edinburgh

    A new project to support care experienced young people has been awarded £87,000. The money has been awarded to local charity Move On to set up a peer mentoring service in Edinburgh, based on their already successful model in Glasgow (19th November 2015)
  • £90,000 funding boost for young people in West Lothian 

    A new service providing peer mentoring support for care experienced young people in West Lothian has been given the green light thanks to a funding boost of £90,000. The funding has been awarded to The Rock Trust, a charity working with young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless (11th November 2015)
  • £80,000 funding support for young people in South Ayrshire

    A new project which provides peer mentoring support for care experienced young people in South Ayrshire has been given the go-ahead thanks to a funding award of £80,000 to Barnardo’s Scotland. Peer mentoring is a dynamic way of helping young people with experience of being in care by offering them the support and guidance of someone who has been there too. For many looked after young people, a consistent and safe relationship with someone who cares helps them to know that they matter. Mentoring is also an important foundation for building better relationships and improving confidence (3rd November 2015)
  • £89,000 cash boost for young people’s service in West Dunbartonshire

    A new project providing peer mentoring support for care experienced young people in West Dunbartonshire has been given the go-ahead thanks to a funding award of £89,000. The new service will be delivered by local charity ‘Y Sort It’, a youth information and support network which delivers support and training for young people living in the area. Peer mentoring is a dynamic way of helping young people with experience of being in care by offering support and guidance from someone who has been there too (5th November 2015)​

Dementia befriending and peer support funding 

  • £84,000 windfall for Stirling dementia befriending service 

    A project which provides befriending support for people with dementia in Stirling has been given a funding boost of £84,000. The funding has been awarded to Town Break, a charity providing services to support people with dementia and their carers within the Stirling District. The befriending initiative is geared towards people who have early to moderate dementia, with an emphasis on people who may not receive other support or those who have no carers and live alone (5th November 2015)
  • £205,000 funding for two Edinburgh dementia services

    Two projects providing peer support for people affected by dementia in Edinburgh have been given the go-ahead thanks to a funding boost of £205,000. The first is a peer support service for carers of people with dementia, run by the North West Carers Centre.  The aim of the project is to support carers to gain confidence in their own skills and abilities, by sharing their experiences with someone who understands the difficulties and challenges they face. The second project is called ‘A Sense of Me’ and is run by Edinburgh charity Health in Mind, and will use peer support to provide help to both people who have dementia and their carers (19th October 2015)
  • £105,000 funding to ENABLE Scotland for dementia peer support service in Moray

    A new project to provide peer support for carers of people with learning difficulties and living with dementia has been given the green light thanks to £105,000 funding. The money has been awarded to ENABLE Scotland to set up a support, friendship and advice service in Moray called The Cuppa Club, based on their already successful Cuppa Club in Glasgow (12th October 2015)
  • £82,000 funding for East Dunbartonshire dementia peer support service

    A project which provides peer support for people with dementia in East Dunbartonshire has been awarded £82,000 funding. The money has been awarded to the advocacy charity Ceartas to develop their services that provide peer support for people with dementia in the local area.  They will also use the money to expand the programme through their existing ‘de Café’ model. De Cafés are aimed at people worried about, or living with, dementia as well as carers and former carers (8th October 2015)
  • £93,000 for new befriending support for people affected by dementia in Lanarkshire

    A new project which provides befriending support for people affected by dementia in Lanarkshire has been given the go-ahead thanks to a £93,000 funding investment. The five year funding has been awarded to The Haven Centre, a Scottish charity which provides a range of supportive services for people with life limiting illnesses and their carers (2nd October 2015)
  • Alzheimer Scotland services in Glasgow and Lanarkshire awarded £210,000 funding windfall

    Two projects run by Alzheimer Scotland have been given £210,000 funding to provide befriending services to people who have dementia. The first project is Alzheimer Scotland’s ‘Forget me Not’ service, based in Glasgow. Forget Me Not was set up in 2008 to recruit and train volunteers to befriend people with dementia who are living in care homes or are in long term hospital care.  The second project is a new volunteer Buddying scheme for people with dementia in Lanarkshire. This funding will provide reminiscence therapy sessions from trained volunteer befrienders, to people at all stages of the dementia journey, within their own homes (22ndOctober 2015)
  • £146,000 funding boost for dementia befriending and peer support services in Edinburgh

    Two new projects which provide peer support and befriending services for carers of people with dementia have been given the go-ahead thanks to £146,000 funding boost.  Both projects are based in Edinburgh. Run by VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian), the first is a peer support service which will provide both one-to-one and group peer support to carers of people with dementia.The second project is the inspiration of the Eric Liddell Centre, who will create a service to reach out to new carers for people with dementia in Edinburgh, with the help of trained volunteer befrienders (30th September 2015)
  • £94,000 funding boost for Borders dementia peer support service 

    A new project which provides peer support for people with dementia in the Borders has been given the go-ahead thanks to a £94,000 boost. The funding has been awarded to Outside the Box, a Scottish charity and social enterprise, who will use the money to develop a peer support service for people with dementia and/or their carers, with a focus on food and keeping well. While many older people need more advice and practical help around food – for instance with shopping, cooking and eating properly to stay well – the need for this help and support is even greater among people affected by dementia. This initiative allows someone with experience of dementia to provide this practical advice and on-going individual support, using a ‘Food Buddies’ scheme (23rd September 2015)
  • Dementia befriending service in North Ayrshire awarded £105,000 funding boost

    A new project which provides befriending support for people with dementia in North Ayrshire has been given the go-ahead thanks to a £105,000 boost from the Life Changes Trust. The five year funding has been awarded to social care charity Quarriers, who will initially use the money to provide people with dementia in Largs and the Three Towns area with a volunteer befriender, but will gradually expand the service across North Ayrshire (21st September 2015)

     

Previous Trust media releases

A new Scottish Social Attitudes report released this week has revealed that attitudes in Scotland to people living with dementia are largely positive, with most people not seeing it as a stigmatised condition. There was also a high percentage of people who believed that dementia should be a priority for Government spending, particularly on care and support (18th June 2015)

Three charities are pooling their resources to invest in a ground-breaking project that gives people with dementia in the UK a louder voice. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Comic Relief and the Life Changes Trust will invest almost £1.1million to continue the successful Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP Project) in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales (21st May 2015)

A new funding pot of £2.3 million has been launched by the Life Changes Trust to back the development of Champions Boards for young people with experience of the care system in Scotland. The funding will be used to invest in the development of ‘Champions Boards’ across Scotland, to revolutionise how care experienced young people are involved in the decision making that affects their lives (10th June 2015)

More than half a million pounds worth of funding has been awarded to Age Scotland to raise awareness of dementia and promote early intervention among older people in Scotland (13th April 2015)

Organisations with experience of mentoring programmes could benefit from a funding boost thanks to a new initiative from the Life Changes Trust. The Trust supports young people with experience of the care system aged 14-26 years old, and is today launching a new funding opportunity focussing on peer mentoring schemes (1st April 2015)

A new programme of funding which supports Dementia Friendly Communities has been announced by the Life Changes Trust (4th September 2014)


 

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