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 non-for-profit and community organisations to implement initiatives to make their programs and spaces more accessible, engaging or inclusive of people living with dementia.
“We’re asking organisations to think about what they can do to support the inclusion of people with dementia,” Executive Director, Client Services, Susan McCarthy said.
“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”.
Living with dementia can be socially isolating and the establishment of the Community Engagement Program, as part of the Dementia Friendly Communities (DFC) program, 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” she said.
“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,” she said.
Applications for funding close 24th January, 2018 and can be submitted online at www.dementiafriendly.org.au
Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 413,000 people have dementia in Australia.
This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia.
National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 Interpreter service available.
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area.
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