Community support

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

A project which tackles dementia and inclusivity in a rural setting.

Dementia is a cruel disease which afflicts the health and wellbeing of many older people. The Easingwold and District Community Care Association (EDCCA) have set up a number of initiatives in Easingwold to offer help and support to those facing the challenge of dementia. These include:
1. The Woven Branches weekly day care service for people with dementia, with specialist workers, offering a full day of activity and a hot meal.
2. A weekly Wellbeing Cafe with activities and light refreshments for people with dementia and their partners or carers if they would like to come.
3. On Mondays, “Singing for All”. An hour and a half of singing, hot drinks and homemade cake, for everybody, including people with dementia.

All three initiatives enable people with dementia to enjoy interaction with other people, have a (often much-needed) change of scene, and keep physically and mentally active. They can also provide some valuable respite and reassurance for carers.
The district of Easingwold has many villages in it and residents who are isolated and lonely. We believe that with £1000, and using the Minibus recently acquired by EDCCA, we can make it possible for isolated residents to get to these services more easily, and home again safely.

The money would be used to identify potential clients, and either put together routes for the bus, or facilitate groups to hire the bus for the duration of the scheme, the objective being to achieve sustainable connectivity for isolated older people on the dementia journey.

Project Video

Easingwold and District Community Care Association

People with dementia and their families face huge challenges. EDACC’s projects provide valuable support to those facing these challenges. Seeing them in action, witnessing the care, warmth and humour of the carers and volunteers, makes me proud to be associated with this project.

Location: Easingwold