£105,000 funding boost for dementia peer support in Moray
A project which provides peer support for carers of people with learning difficulties and living with dementia has been given the green light thanks to £105,000 funding.
The money has been awarded to ENABLE Scotland to set up a support, friendship and advice service in Moray called The Cuppa Club, based on their already successful Cuppa Club in Glasgow.
There are currently around 526 people with learning disabilities in the Moray area, at least 70 of whom also have dementia or are at high risk of developing it. Many are cared for by family members who are in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and it is these people that The Cuppa Club will reach.
Older people who have been carers for many years can become increasingly isolated as their caring role changes or their own health is not what it used to be. Friends and family who previously helped out might have passed away or have caring responsibilities of their own. The stress of caring can affect physical and mental health so it is vitally important that these carers can remain connected to a strong network of support.
There are currently no services in Moray to support carers of people with learning disabilities who also show signs of, or have a diagnosis of, dementia.