Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Supported by: Towergate

Description

Caring for someone with dementia can be a lonely, isolating existence. For some carers, taking even an hour away from the person they care for can feel too long. Our project helps to overcome this.

We want to expand our Dementia Café, to allow more carers and those with dementia to get out of the house and spend time with others . Those with dementia can enjoy taking part in reminiscence activities whilst the carer, often for the first time in years, is able to take time for themselves, knowing their partner is enjoying themselves and is well looked after.

We have had carers attend being certain that they won’t be able to attend the whole activity without checking on their loved one only to find that when reaching the end of the session they have no idea where the time had gone. They have been overwhelmed that they were able to lose track of time and enjoy themselves and gain peer support from other carers who understand the practical and emotional challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia.

Each week we hear amazing stories from carers about how the cafe is helping them to make friends and feel more in control of their situation as well as providing valuable activities for the people they care for.

In order provide 150 places at a Dementia Café we need £5,000 to fund the activities, staffing, volunteers and room rental. But the laughter and friendship that the carers and those with dementia gain is worth so much more. By voting for our project you will support these amazing carers and their loved ones with dementia.

Bath & North East Somerset Carers Centre

Carers often go unrecognised for the time and energy they put in to caring for loved ones. It's no easy task, and the Carers' Centre staff always make sure that carers are listened to and that the needs of carers are at the heart of everything they do. That makes me proud.

Location: Bath