The Individual Awards Pilot Scheme was run in Argyll & Bute and Edinburgh in 2014-15 and Phase Two ran in Aberdeen, Angus and Lochaber from April 2018 to September 2018.
The Individual Awards Scheme provided a small amount of additional financial empowerment to a number of individuals whose lives have been affected by dementia, to help improve their wellbeing and quality of life.
In the pilot, a total of £193,253 was awarded to 438 individuals, with grants up to £500.
There was considerable diversity in terms of what the Award was spent on, and the flexibility of the scheme allowed for creative thinking - transport, holidays, gardening equipment, laptops and home improvements are just a few examples. Individual Awards were also used to directly improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing in a variety of ways such as physiotherapy treatments, gym membership, S.A.D lighting and music lessons. Many of the awards were used to increase connections with family and friends, for example through access to Internet communication, outings, trips or holidays together.
Adequate financial resources can mean the difference between living well with dementia or struggling to cope with living with dementia, and sometimes even a small amount can have a great impact. The Individual Awards helped improve awardees’ peace of mind, and empowered them to have greater choice and control over their lives.
We will also publish an evaluation report on Phase Two in the autumn of 2020.