Funding launched for Leeds dementia projects

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A new funding scheme has been launched to give a cash boost to charity projects in Leeds which support carers and people living with dementia.

Leeds Community Foundation’s (LCF) ‘Small Fund’ programme will offer of between £5,000 and £10,000 to support innovative services.

The funding is launched in partnership with Time to Shine, a project managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum, which secured £6m from the Big Lottery Fund to help older people in the city by 2021.

LCF will be managing two funding programmes per year for the next six years with the first round - to help those with dementia - now open for applications.

Rachel Koivunen, Time to Shine project manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with LCF and are excited to see what activity and services develop through this funding. This is a great opportunity for community groups and charities to gain additional skills and capacity to deliver new, innovative ideas that reach socially isolated older people in their local communities.”

Ideas for activities include mentoring, buddying or befriending roles to help increase access to other services and innovative campaigns or activities in local areas to target people who may not have had access to information before.

Sally-Anne Greenfield, LCF chief executive, said: “Social isolation is a major issue, especially within the elderly. We are thrilled to have been selected as a delivery partner for Time to Shine, and through our themed funding programmes we hope to reach a variety of older people who need our support.”

The Time to Shine Small Funds programme is now open for applications until Monday 18 January 2016. Guidance and application forms are available to download from www.leedscf.org.uk/time-to-shine

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