Local community organisations from around Australia are encouraged to apply for funding through Dementia Australia to assist them to become more inclusive of people living with dementia.
There are 20 grants of $15,000 available for not-for-profit and community organisations to implement initiatives to make their programs and spaces more accessible, engaging or inclusive for people living with dementia.
Dementia Australia Executive Director Client Services Susan McCarthy said the organisation is asking applicants to think about what they can do to support the inclusion of people with dementia.
“This could be a physical change, such as a dementia-friendly garden or installing clear navigation. It could be a modification to existing services or activities to make them dementia-friendly,” Ms McCarthy said.
Living with dementia can be socially isolating and this initiative aims to increase the opportunities of social participation and interaction for those living with dementia.
“Including people with dementia in community activities helps reduce stigma and increases the awareness of dementia as a whole,” said Ms McCarthy.
“There are more than 413,000 people living with dementia in Australia, many of whom live in the community and with the support of family, friends and the community continue to do many of the things they did before they were diagnosed.
“I encourage interested organisations to co-design their initiatives with people living with dementia to maximise their effectiveness.”
Applications for funding close 24January, 2018 and can be submitted online at www.dementiafriendly.org.au
It is very important that each person be supported in their own community and allowed to happily make choices for themselves.
Fantastic - I will definitely be applying. Thanks for all your hard work.