Dementia Friendly Communities Investment Fund

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We are delighted to tell you about an exciting opportunity to help people living with dementia and their carers, over the past 4 years Wigan Council and its partners including, The Alzheimer’s Society,Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group, North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust, local businesses and the wider community has developed Dementia Friendly Communities.  The model uses an inclusive, asset based approach that engages and connects people living with dementia, their families, carers and the wider community.  It facilitates a conversation to find out what the community wants to do to raise awareness, promote inclusion,  independence and empowers people to undertake social activities in line with the Deal for Adult Social Care and Health.

People with dementia say they want to keep going out in their local community and using local services, we now have an opportunity to access a small amount of funding to support local ideas and projects in Wigan Borough to help people living with dementia and their carers, to provide further Dementia Friendly Community activities across Wigan Borough, and are inviting interested parties to find out more and submit applications.

So how do we make Wigan Borough a better place to live?

Can we improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers in Wigan borough by doing things differently?

In November 2016 Wigan was named ‘Dementia Friendly Community Town of the Year’ at the national Alzheimer’s Society Awards. Wigan Borough now has over 11,800 dementia friends, a dementia service user group ‘Summat to Say’ and a carers service user group all raising awareness and supporting us to make the Borough more dementia friendly.

You may be aware of existing Dementia Friendly Communities Activities (DFC),  we expect applicants to demonstrate a good knowledge of the sector in which they want to work but do not want to fund projects that will duplicate provision.   As a result we want you to show us how your project/idea differs from or compliments what already is available. For a list of DFC project visit www.wigan.gov.uk/dementiaactivities

If you or your organization are interested in providing a Dementia Friendly Community Activity in the Wigan borough , please email for an application pack or call 01942 828778 for chat to find out more, this window of funding will close on 31ST  Jan 2019