This week we’re highlighting some of the projects that are supported by Comic Relief, here in the UK.
With over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK and an estimated 670,000 family and friends acting as primary carers, dementia is an issue which is growing in importance. There is no cure, but for those people who are diagnosed, there is a crucial distinction between simply living with the condition and being able to continue to live well as an active member of their community.
To date too little has been heard from people with dementia about their experiences and what support they need to live well. The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) is helping to change that and ensure people with dementia have a voice. DEEP helps people with dementia to connect with and support each other, both locally and nationally, so that their views and experiences can shape the services and policies which affect them.
Innovations in Dementia host this project which supports and links up 50 local dementia involvement groups from across the UK. Comic Relief has awarded a grant of £246,752 over 2 years towards this work, which is jointly funded with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
If you are a blogger local to this project and would like to arrange a visit to find out more for yourself, please do drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.