Funding Success for Dementia AdvocacyProject

Posted in: News on January 7, 2014

The Dementia Advocacy Project recently set up a focus group made up of people who all have a diagnosis of dementia. The rationale of developing the focus group was to gain opinions from people living with dementia about if they felt their lives could be improved and what would have to be done to facilitate that change. As members of DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empower Project) we recently applied for a small pot of money (£2,490) and we were successful. DEEP, an organisation developed to work with people with dementia, have been awarded £30,000 to fund projects (maximum of £5,000) working with people with dementia, to explore innovative methods to facilitate people with dementia having a voice.The focus group have identified a number of areas they think might help to improve their lives. The money from DEEP will be used to make a video of the focus group who will be sharing their thoughts on areas to improve their lives and highlighting what they think might help toward resolving the issues they perceive are in these areas. An example of the need for improvement is a person with dementia unable to travel on public transport due to the timetables not being in a format they can understand. The possible result is the person becomes isolated and lonely.

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