£5,000 grant approved for dementia day club

Billingshurst scout taking part in a show of thanks after the community raised enough money to put the Billingshurst scouts hut back in use in May
Billingshurst scout taking part in a show of thanks after the community raised enough money to put the Billingshurst scouts hut back in use in May

A dementia day club is one step closer to achieving its dream of giving dementia patients independence after a £5000 grant was approved.

Careful Hands Ltd - a self funded initiative to provide high quality dementia day clubs in West Sussex - was one of 11 Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to have a grant approved by the North Horsham County Local Committee (CLC) on June 25.

Lyn Coleman, director of Careful Hands Ltd, was shocked to discover the grant had been approved.

“We are so so pleased,” she said. “That is brilliant, just brilliant. How wonderful. We applied way back in March. When you apply for something you put it to the back of your mind in case it doesn’t happen.

“Currently there is a very big push by West Sussex County Council and the Alzheimer’s Society to achieve earlier diagnosis and in conjunction with this we aim to be there with an Independence prolonging activity programme.

“We would like to use the Wellbeing grant for the independence prolonging activity programme which is for those who are still living at home to enable people to remain independent for longer.”

The approved grants are currently within a call-in period of two weeks - so long as no one contests the grants before July 3, they will be awarded.

“Our ultimate goal is to gain funding so we can reduce fees but because we are self funding we can’t do that at the moment. But that would be our utopia.”

Other approved grant applications included £650 for 4SIGHT; £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Society West Sussex; £5,000 for Bluebird Community Transport Service; £465 for Cruse West Sussex Area Bereavement Care; £500 for Disability Awareness UK; £150 for Lifecentre Counselling for victims of sexual abuse; £3,125 for Music for the Memory; £1,544.80 for Parkinsons UK (Horsham Branch); £170 for RISE Programme for women who have experienced domestic abuse; and £275 for SASBAH (Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus).

The CLC also approved Community Initiative Funds which provide assistance to local community projects, including; £2,393.18 to Billingshurst Scouts and Guides for the purchase of durable, collapsible tables; £2,000 to Rudgwick Junior Cricket Club, for cricket equipment and training support tools subject to satisfactory estimates being provided; and £1,000 to Cootes Farm Community for the purchase and erection of a community noticeboard, including an information panel.

For more information about Careful Hands Ltd visit http://www.carefulhands.net/