Welcome to The Life Changes Trust

The Life Changes Trust is an independent charity, established in April 2013 with a £50 million endowment from the BIG Lottery Fund (BIG) Scotland.   

The Trust’s mission is to facilitate and support transformational improvements in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of two key groups in Scotland:


Delivering through collaboration, strategic funding and influencing activities, the Life Changes Trust will work with others to ensure that care experienced young people and people affected by dementia are supported to live as fully valued members of their communities, and that their individual physical, social and emotional needs are met.  
The Trust’s programme and funding plans are currently in development.  Details of funding application processes and timescales will be finalised over the coming months.  
Please Note: Our phone number has changed. Our new number is 0141 212 9600. 

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The Individual Awards pilot is a trial scheme running in Argyll & Bute and Edinburgh only, which aims to give some extra financial support to people with dementia and their carers.
Over the next three years, the Trust will invest around £3 million in establishing and supporting a wide variety of Dementia Friendly Community initiatives across Scotland. 
The pilot for individual grants for care experienced young people has now closed for applications.  


Stakeholder News




Winners announced for Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2014

The winners of this year’s Scotland’s Dementia Awards, which is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council. 

IRISS's Innovation and Improvement Team leads exciting new project 'Relationships Matter'

The project will develop ideas that support young people who are leaving care to maintain positive, nurturing relationships with the people in their lives.

World Alzheimer Report 2014: the key points 

Alzheimer's Disease International has released the World Alzheimer Report 2014: Dementia and Risk Reduction assessment. The report highlights lifestyle changes as a key factor in preventing the onset of dementia in later life.
Inverness College UHI has been awarded the prestigious Buttle UK Quality Mark for its commitment to young people who are in and leaving care. 


  • In the News

    A new 'wonder' drug which could fight cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes could be developed within 10 years following a breakthrough by scientists at Imperial College, who have discovered how to turn off an enzyme which is driving many incurable diseases. 
    More than twice as many people in the UK have dementia before the age of 65 than was previously thought, new figures show. A report due to be published this week says that 42,000 people are now estimated to be suffering early onset dementia.  
    An investigation has been launched into claims that councils are not allowing children in care their legal right to a say in decisions that affect their education.  David Blair, head of the Scottish government’s looked-after children unit, revealed that it was unclear how many of the 32 local authorities provided independent advocacy services. 
    Dementia patients in the UK face a "care tax" because they are left to sort out much of the care they need themselves, experts say. The Alzheimer's Society found that on average, the equivalent of £32,242 a year was spent on care per patient. but on average only a third - £10,784 - came from NHS or council funds. 
    More than half of English councils place young people leaving care in unsuitable accommodation for long periods, data from a charity suggests. Barnardo's said 51% of councils placed teenagers in bed-and-breakfasts for a month or more in 2013-14. 







Acknowledgement: LCT would like to thank photographer Tony Marsh, and DSDC (Dementia Services Development Centre) for our website imagery.