Funding Opportunities

 Invitation to Tender - Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME) and dementia projects

The Trust has made a clear commitment to increase understanding about the particular issues that people from certain ‘protected characteristic’ groups may face when they are affected by dementia.

In April 2018 the Trust funded four projects to work with people with dementia in different minority ethnic communities for up to 2 years. To learn more about the Trust’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME) and Dementia projects, visit our BAME and Dementia project pages here.

What kind of evaluation are we looking for?

We are seeking dedicated, knowledgeable and creative evaluators who will examine the work of the BAME projects to determine:

    the extent to which they are creating better lives for people with dementia from different minority ethnic communities

    the extent to which they are creating better lives for unpaid carers of people with dementia from different minority ethnic communities

    which human rights the projects are helping to uphold

    what has not worked and why

    any barriers and challenges that the projects have faced and how they, where possible, overcame them

    the extent to which the projects can provide short, medium and long-term post-diagnostic support for people with dementia and unpaid carers from minority ethnic communities

    the extent to which the projects work in partnership and any significant benefits this partnership working brings

    the likelihood that these projects will be sustained in the long term

    how the projects have contributed to deeper learning about what helps to improve the lives of people with dementia in minority ethnic communities, and how this learning can be shared more widely

More detail can be provided by Andrena Coburn if required. Contact details are below.

Who can bid?

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations. It is important that you read the full tender document HERE.

Deadline for bids

Friday 22 March 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland here or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Andrena Coburn, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

Enquiries should be directed to Andrena Coburn at the email address above, or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal, also above.

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £40,000 over 16 months inclusive of VAT. 

 Invitation to Tender – Get Outdoors projects

Research published in 2016 by Dementia Adventure noted that almost three-quarters (74%) of people with dementia and their family carers lack the confidence to go outdoors and 73% have fears and safety concerns.

Through the ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ initiative, Dementia Adventure worked with the Abbeyfield Society to move beyond a risk-averse culture and support staff and family carers to focus on a more balanced approach to risk-benefit assessments, planning outside activities, connecting with nature and co-producing solutions to potential barriers. 

The benefits of this approach, which led to more time spent outside were found to be significant:

    the number of residents who said they were moderately lonely to very lonely fell from 77% to 11%

    the average number of falls in the care homes reduced by 10%

    residents exercising once a week or more rose by one third

    residents having an average of seven or more hours of sleep each night increased from 55% to 88%

    residents who rated their appetite as good or very good rose from 66% to 100%

    the proportion of residents whose mood was either good or very good doubled from 33% to 66%

The Trust had already funded a number of projects that involved walking or sporting activities but was interested in funding further projects to connect people living with dementia with the outdoors in a way they wished to connect. It was also important that these projects and activities provided people with dementia with a high degree of choice and control. 

As a result, in April 2018 the Trust funded six Get Outdoors projects for up to two years. To learn more about these projects, visit the Get Outdoors project pages here.

What kind of evaluation are we looking for?

We are seeking dedicated, knowledgeable and creative evaluators who will examine the work of the Trust funded Get Outdoors projects across Scotland to determine:

    the extent to which outdoor activities are creating better lives for people living with dementia

    the extent to which outdoor activities are creating better lives for unpaid carers of people with dementia

    what has not worked and why

    any barriers and challenges that the projects have faced and how they, where possible, overcame them

    the extent to which the projects can provide short, medium and long-term post-diagnostic support for people with dementia and unpaid carers

    the extent to which the projects work in partnership and any significant benefits this partnership working brings

    the likelihood that these initiatives will be sustained in the long term

    how the initiatives have contributed to deeper learning about the benefits of getting outdoors for people with dementia, and how this learning can be shared more widely

More detail can be provided by Andrena Coburn if required. Andrena can be contacted at andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk.

Who can bid?

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations. It is important that you read the full tender document HERE.

Deadline for bids

Friday 22 March 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland here or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Andrena Coburn, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, G2 3EX

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline. 

Enquiries should be directed to Andrena Coburn at the email address above or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal, also above.

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £40,000 over 15 months, inclusive of VAT. 

 Invitation to tender – Peer Support Projects

Peer support helps keep people more socially connected, giving them confidence and motivation to participate in their communities. It helps them to feel valued by being listened to and being able to help others with similar experiences.

Peer support builds on the skills and knowledge that already exist in the community and its contribution to health, wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem and overall quality of life has been widely recognised.  

The outcomes for the Trust’s peer support initiatives are:

 - I know that I have someone who will listen to me and who understands my situation

I know that I have support to face the challenges in my life

I have an increased sense of well-being

I feel safe, valued and respected

I have more confidence to make choices and do the things that matter to me

I can give examples of how peer support has made a difference to my life

To learn more about the peer support projects that the Trust funds, visit the Life Changes Trust website project pages here.

The latest report based on some of the self-evaluation evidence gathered by the peer support projects can be accessed here.

What kind of evaluation are we looking for?

We are seeking dedicated, knowledgeable and creative evaluators who will examine the work of the Trust’s peer support initiatives across Scotland to determine:

the extent to which they are creating better lives for people with dementia

the extent to which they are creating better lives for unpaid carers of people with dementia

what has not worked and why

what is needed to help a peer support initiative to succeed

any barriers and challenges that the initiatives have faced and how they, where possible, overcame them

how partnership working and collaboration has helped to influence and improve service delivery and practice

the wider benefits of peer support to family, friends, community and society

the likelihood that these initiatives will be sustained in the long term

Evaluators will have access to the self-evaluation evidence collected to date (since April 2015). Note that the Trust is commissioning a number of evaluation reports over the next year, including an overarching evaluation of the Trust’s overall approach. We will expect evaluators to share findings with those who are conducting the overall, high level evaluation of the Trust and to be mindful of the Trust’s overall timetable for gathering evidence for the purposes of influencing, adhering to the timescales set out in the full tender document.

More detail can be provided by Andrena Coburn if required (contact details below).

Who can bid?

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations. It is important that you read the full tender document HERE.

Deadline for bids 

The deadline for bids is Friday 15 March 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland here, or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Andrena Coburn, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

Enquiries should be directed to Andrena Coburn at andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal.

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £40,000 over 18 months inclusive of VAT.

 Invitation to tender – Befriending Projects

Befriending is particularly valuable to people living with dementia, not only in terms of reducing loneliness, but also in providing information and signposting to other services and activities that could be of benefit.  

Befriending for carers can deliver equally important benefits for health and well-being, reducing ­isolation and increasing their ability to cope in their caring role.

Research into befriending services shows that, on average, people who used a befriending service reported feeling more connected, more interested and more mentally resilient than they did before the service. People also reported a significant change in lifestyle as a result of the volunteers who had befriended them.

The outcomes for the Trust’s befriending initiatives are:

 - I know that I have someone who will listen to me and understand me

I feel less lonely and more positive about life

I have an increased sense of well-being

I feel safe, valued and respected

I have more confidence to do the things that matter to me

I can give examples of how befriending has made a difference to my life

To learn more about the befriending projects that the Trust funds, visit the Life Changes Trust website project pages here.

The latest report based on some of the self-evaluation evidence gathered by funded projects can be accessed here.

What kind of evaluation are we looking for?

We are seeking dedicated, knowledgeable and creative evaluators who will examine the work of the Trust’s befriending initiatives across Scotland to determine:

the extent to which they are creating better lives for people with dementia

the extent to which they are creating better lives for unpaid carers of people with dementia

what has not worked and why

what is needed to help a befriending initiative to succeed

any barriers and challenges that the initiatives have faced and how they, where possible, overcame them

how partnership working and collaboration has helped to create better lives for people with dementia and unpaid carers

the wider benefits of befriending to family, friends, community and society

the likelihood that these initiatives will be sustained in the long term

Evaluators will have access to the self-evaluation evidence collected to date (since April 2015). Note that the Trust is commissioning a number of evaluation reports over the next year, including an overarching evaluation of the Trust’s overall approach. We will expect evaluators to share findings with those who are conducting the overall, high level evaluation of the Trust and to be mindful of the Trust’s overall timetable for gathering evidence for the purposes of influencing, adhering to the timescales set out in the full tender document.

More detail can be provided by Andrena Coburn if required (contact details below).

Who can bid?

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations. It is important that you read the full tender document HERE.

Deadline for bids

The deadline for bids is Friday 15 March 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland here, or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to:

Andrena Coburn, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

Enquiries should be directed to Andrena Coburn at andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal.

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £40,000 over 18 months inclusive of VAT.

Invitation to Tender – Life Changes Trust Dementia Friendly Communities  

Since 2015, the Life Changes Trust has funded a wide range of communities that have become dementia friendly. The Trust has deliberately taken a ‘grassroots’ community development approach to dementia friendly communities in Scotland.

It is very important that evaluators understand this approach. By communities we mean:

a) geographical communities; and

b) communities of interest.

Read more about our dementia friendly communities funding here and here, and read our latest report on some of the self-evaluation evidence gathered by funded projects.

We are currently making a short film that demonstrates dementia friendly community principles in action across Scotland. These principles have emerged from the self-evaluation of the first cohort of DFCs. We expect that they will be refined over the next few years, but we do not expect them to change substantially.  

What kind of evaluation are we looking for?

The Life Changes Trust’s dementia programme exists to:

 - create better lives for people with dementia and unpaid carers of people with dementia

 - demonstrate what works for people whose lives are affected by dementia

- secure significant change in policy and, more importantly, practice for people with dementia and unpaid carers

Dementia Friendly Communities have been a core element of the Trust’s dementia strategy since 2015 and we are seeking dedicated, knowledgeable and creative evaluators who will examine the work of a very wide range of communities from all across Scotland to determine:

the extent to which they are creating better lives for people with dementia

- the extent to which they are creating better lives for unpaid carers of people with dementia

- what has not worked and why 

- the benefits and challenges of a community development approach 

- the extent to which dementia friendly communities can provide short, medium and long-term post-diagnostic support for people with dementia and unpaid carers 

- whether these communities are able to complement and, importantly, inform national and local dementia strategies and action plans 

- the extent to which the communities work in partnership and any significant benefits this partnership working brings 

- any barriers and challenges that the communities have faced and how they, where possible, overcame them

- the likelihood that these communities will be sustained in the long term   

Evaluators will have access to the self-evaluation evidence collected to date (since October 2015). Note that the Trust is commissioning a number of evaluation reports over the next year, including an overarching evaluation of the Trust’s overall approach. We will expect evaluators to share findings with those who are conducting the overall, high level evaluation of the Trust and to be mindful of the Trust’s overall timetable for gathering evidence for the purposes of influencing, as set out in the full tender document.

Who can bid?

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations. It is important that you read the full tender document HERE

Deadline for bids: Friday 8 March 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland, which you can find here, or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Andrena Coburn, Life Changes, Trust Edward House, 99 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX.  

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

Enquiries should be directed to Anna Buchanan at anna.buchanan@lifechangestrust.org.uk or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal - LINK

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £150,000 over 2 years inclusive of VAT. 

Your bid document can be as long as it needs to be. Please paint a very clear picture of what your vision for the evaluation is and provide us with detail about how you will achieve this.