2017 was our most successful fundraising year to date, thanks to the success of our Round the World challenge and being chosen as charity of the year for Sackers Law firm. We have a total funding pot of £27,500 (including Gift Aid) from 2017 funds, taking the total raised so far to over £60,000.
If you have any questions about how funds are being distributed, or would like to do some fundraising for us, please get in touch.
Share of funds raised in 2017
Charity Reg: 297965
BRACE supports dementia research at universities in South West England and South Wales, aiming to help medical science understand the causes of dementia, find ways of diagnosing it earlier and more accurately, and develop more effective treatments. Ultimately, they want to help science beat dementia.
We have supported BRACE in every round of grants since we began. Funding research has always been a priority for us, and we have been impressed by the rigour of BRACE’s approach. This year we were in the fortunate position of being able to make larger grants than normal and have chosen to support a pilot project to develop a diagnostic tool that could be used in GP surgeries to detect early changes in brain function.
Arts 4 Dementia
Charity Reg: 1140842
Arts4Dementia work with arts organisations to deliver challenging, person-centred arts workshop programmes for people with early stage dementia and their carers. They also train arts facilitators from across the UK to enable them to deliver many more such workshops, alongside spreading awareness of dementia friendly events and arts and heritage sites. In addition, they campaign for direction towards arts from the point of diagnosis, raising awareness of arts engagement as a highly effective non-pharmalogical intervention to stimulate and contribute to the well-being of those living with dementia and their carers.
This year Arts4Dementia plan to run 6-7 training sessions for over 100 arts facilitators, reaching at least 2,000 people living with dementia and their carers. Our funding will support this training, as well as furthering the Reawakening Dorset work begun in 2017, mapping dementia friendly arts and heritage sites in the Dorset area.
Charity Reg: SCO22315 (Alzheimer Scotland)
The Dementia Dog Project is a charitable collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good, bringing together leading dementia support services with the provision of specially trained assistance dogs. The project aims to explore and measure a variety of ways that dogs can be trained to empower people with dementia to live as independently and confidently in their community for as long as possible, with a good quality of life.
Our donation will go towards the advanced stages of training of their second Dementia Community Dog, covering topics such as how to reduce separation anxiety in unfamiliar environments, diffuse tension and help calm someone down, help removing items of clothing, waking someone up to get out of bed and retrieving specific items such as shoes. Once qualified the dog will start to deliver animal assisted intervention visits to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their family and carers. They will also support ‘Dog Day’ events, bringing together groups of people at all stages of dementia with their carers to enjoy gentle interaction with trained dogs and handlers and participate in dog themed activities (e.g. dog bingo). Participants who attend Dog Days are also linked up to wider dementia support services in their community.
The project is still at a pilot stage and we are excited to be able to support the testing and establishing of a new and innovative approach to improve the quality of life of people who are living with dementia in the community. You can read more about how dogs can help people to overcome specific challenges and enrich lives and communities on the Dogs for Good website.
Charity Reg: 296645
The Alzheimer’s Society is a national organisation providing information and local support services, research, training, campaigning and awareness raising. They believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins and are there for anyone affected by dementia, including family, carers and friends.
We have supported different areas of the work of the Alzheimer’s Society in previous rounds of funding. This donation will be used to support Talking Point, Alzheimer’s Society’s online community facilitating peer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people affected by dementia. The Talking Point Community now has over 55,000 members worldwide, providing invaluable support and advice to each other.
As an example of the impact our funds will have: £2,000 covers the cost of running Talking Point for 4 days, or it could fund 45 expert Q&A sessions where members can ask trained professionals questions on difficult subjects such as dealing with incontinence, financial abuse or insomnia.
A team from the Faculty of Health & Human Sciences at Bournemouth University have undertaken research (funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing) to understand how people living with dementia can be best supported to eat and drink well. The outputs of the research have informed a training film and workbook for care and nursing staff in care homes. Further work is planned to use the knowledge and information gained to develop a new guide on eating and drinking for care-givers and families of people living with dementia.
Our grant will support the further development of these resources by funding a research assistant, printing, and dissemination.
Bournemouth University is a Higher Education Corporation created by statute and is an exempt charity, and therefore is not required to register with the Charity Commission. Read more here.
The remaining amount from 2017 fundraising (£2,500) will be distributed later in 2018.