In 2019, Maggie la Tourelle in her role as the vice chair of the Caring Community Circle Management Committee submitted an application for a grant to The Life Changes Trust’s ‘Creating Better Lives in Grampian’ small grants program.
The proposal was to create a Dementia Community Coordinator post based in The Findhorn Ecovillage Community, with the coordinator leading support for people with dementia and their unpaid carers, families, friends and neighbours.
The application was successful and resulted in the engagement of a coordinator into the role which was allotted 8 hours per week.
In 2020 and 2021 it was particularly challenging to provide anything more that one to one direct support for people living with dementia due to the challenges and restrictions around social gatherings. This resulted in an underspend of the grant and Life Changes Trust graciously allowed for two extensions to the grant period which will now end in April 2022.
In order to produce a deliverable project before the end of the grant period the idea of an e-zine (electronic magazine) was born. It is envisioned to be an inclusive, interactive, intergenerational and collaborative community resource, hoping to:
- develop greater awareness and understanding of dementia, thereby reducing the stigma of the condition;
- help develop an increasingly dementia friendly community; and
- provide information and advice on life-style choices that may reduce the risk of developing certain dementias
This is the second edition. We plan to publish 12 in total. We would be so grateful for your involvement, collaboration, contribution and engagement with this resource. The editorial team are made up of Laura Pasetti, Jo Mullen and Laura Shreenan and your feedback, suggestions, questions and offers to contribute, etc., are welcomed.
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