Using funding from The Welsh Government Intermediate Care Fund, Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) has made an award to the Alzheimer’s Society to deliver a Dementia Friendly Powys pilot project.
Dementia Friendly Powys will build on the Society’s Dementia Friends campaign and it’s use to develop Dementia Friendly Communities. Vanessa Garwood has joined the Alzheimer’s Society as the Project Information Officer.
‘I’ve worked throughout Powys delivering community based projects’ said Vanessa, formerly a Powys County Council Regeneration Manager ‘this means I know the area and have a good network of local contacts, many of whom I hope will be able to get involved’ she said.
With over 2,000 people living with dementia in Powys, and statistics suggesting one in fourteen people over 65 have dementia at any one time means that in one way or another dementia is likely to touch all our lives. The Dementia Friendly Powys project will increase local understanding of dementia and its affects but as importantly will help communities to make life easier for those with dementia and their carers.
‘Building on fantastic development work by volunteers in Brecon (recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as the first town in Wales working toward being Dementia Friendly), the project aims to help other towns move towards becoming Dementia Friendly Communities’ said Vanessa “I am pleased too that £2000 funding from the Dementia Friendly Powys project has been awarded to the Brecon Group to support them to further develop their Dementia Friendly Action”
The Powys pilot project will run until April 2015, it is only small scale but with the expertise of the Society and the enthusiasm of local people it aims to make a significant impact. Vanessa can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org