Dementia Friendly Leeds, hosted by the Leeds Older People’s Forum, recently received a Third Sector Health Grant of £24,613, which will be used to support two communities in North Leeds to become dementia friendly (these have not been chosen yet, contact for details). The grant is from NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group, and is part of a CCG programme worth nearly a million pounds, managed by Leeds Community Foundation.

The grant will be used to employ a Dementia Friendly Leeds Communities Officer, who will work closely with two communities to set up services for people living with dementia, and raise awareness amongst local organisations and residents. The project aims to share the message that it’s the small things that can make a big difference to people living with dementia.

“Working closely with a specific area will ensure that people have awareness of dementia on a very local level”, said Sarah Goodyear, who manages dementia friendly work citywide. “Whether it’s the bank, school or cafe, the whole community will work together to ensure people with dementia feel supported, understood and able to contribute to their community.”

Dementia Friendly Leeds has also secured funding to continue its work supporting organisations. It offers free support to all organisations that want to learn about dementia, and how they can adapt their services and environment to be more dementia friendly.

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