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NEWS: ‘Peer-to-Peer’ funding for unpaid carers of people with dementia - what they have achieved

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In 2016, and to run in tandem with our ‘Peer-to-Peer Resources’ funding initiative for people living with dementia, we launched a similar opportunity for unpaid carers of people with dementia. We have now allocated all of the funding for unpaid carers, with 15 awards made totalling £72,379. This means the average award was around £4,825.

About Peer-to-Peer Resources

We firmly believe that unpaid carers of people living with dementia in Scotland have an enormous amount of knowledge and helpful information to share with each other, and more broadly.

We offered awards of £500 to £7,000 to unpaid carers of those living with dementia to create peer-to-peer support resources, e.g. booklets, DVDs, videos, self-help guides etc.

This funding was to enable people to produce their own resources that would help others to understand the role of an unpaid carer better, and provide a way for unpaid carers to express themselves and make decision for themselves, with support from other carers. 

Unpaid carers have produced resources such as a guide for running events, a music CD, and self- management and resilience resources.  This funding has given unpaid carers the opportunity to feel empowered and to have agency over their own lives.

Read more about our Peer-to-Peer resources here

The learning from these peer-to-peer resources has gone beyond the sphere of people living with dementia and unpaid carers. They have made professionals and others sit up and take note of what people with dementia and unpaid carers are saying.

They have influenced the re-writing of training and guidance for professionals in a number of organisations and are also used by professionals, including hospital or care home staff, as educational and informational tools around dementia, and have led to an increased understanding of dementia and the role - and challenges - of those who care for them.