Local Legacy Awards are funding local legacy partners to focus on two or more of three well-evaluated means of supporting people living with dementia and unpaid carers.
- Dementia Friendly Communities
- Peer Support
- Meeting Centres
Local legacy partners will develop these three approaches, working with national legacy partners BOLD and About Dementia to share and embed learning across Scotland. This will include a true commitment to early evaluation, wide sharing of learning, learning from others, and seeking further ways to sustain this work beyond the funding of the Life Changes Trust.
The Haven was awarded £ 118,233 for a two-year legacy project running from April 2022 to June 2024. This project has received 28% match funding from South Lanarkshire Integrated Care Fund and Global’s Make Some Noise.
The Haven’s aim is to create strong sustainable dementia supportive communities across all areas of Lanarkshire where families affected by dementia are connected to specialist Haven and wider local support, helping them and their communities to become better able to manage the emotional and practical impact of dementia, reduce isolation and loneliness in both urban and rural areas and increasing community resilience to self-manage illness and caring roles.
With this funding, The Haven will expand digitally inclusive support services to address the needs of people living with dementia and unpaid carers who are disadvantaged and socially excluded/isolated. They will develop the infrastructure of dementia supportive communities by strengthening and building sustainable, strong community pathways and networks across Lanarkshire.
Services and activities will operate in line with the ethos of dementia Meeting Centres, acting as a local resource which will provide person-centred support and continuity of care at all stages: pre-diagnosis, throughout illness progression, and at end of life and bereavement.
Group activities will create opportunities for peer support and connection with others. ‘Share and learn’ sessions will ensure that learning and understanding of support needs and service provision is widely shared across Lanarkshire.