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 Pilot Scheme was run in Argyll & Bute and Edinburgh in 2014-15. In the pilot, a total of £193,253 was awarded to 438 individuals, with grants up to £500.
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.
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.
With all of our projects, once we have issued funding, we also commission an evaluation, and our Individual Awards Scheme was no exception. The Lines Between was commissioned to carry out this work, and their report looks at where the funds were administrated, and what people living with dementia and unpaid carers chose to spend their award on to improve their quality of life, wellbeing and day to day living. The evaluation also looks at the impact and learning from the Individual Awards.
In December 2020, the Life Changes Trust hosted two online webinar learning events, looking at the evaluation of our Individual Awards Scheme. The purpose of our two webinars was to examine the impact of funding provided by the Life Changes Trust to people living with dementia and unpaid carers in multiple areas in Scotland, and to look at the key issues of delivery – flexibility, choice, independence…. This was done by looking at the key findings of the evaluation of the scheme, carried out by The Lines Between.
We also heard some personal stories from those who received an award as well as from others working in the field.