A project to help those who have been identified as having early to middle stages of dementia has received a major financial boost.
Huntly based Mental Health Charity, Networks of Wellbeing Ltd, has received £12,068 for its ‘Opening Minds’ project from the Postcode Community Trust.
The project will be delivered in Huntly and in Insch over the next 12 months and will bring together people with mild to moderate stages of dementia who are living at home, in care homes or in sheltered housing complexes.
Project Manager, Fi Thomson has been running cognitive stimulation therapy group at Scott’s hospital in Huntly and now plans provide a further group in the town as well as establishing another one in Insch.
She said: “The main beneficiaries of the project will be those who have been identified as having early to middle stages of dementia – with secondary beneficiaries being family, friends, carers and the wider community.
“Our pilot study noted some positive changes in social skills, a slight improvement in memory and that new friendships were forged between members of the group. People had an increased confidence in their abilities both to live independently for as long as possible, and to live well within a care home setting.”
The grant awarded will pay towards the costs of staff time, equipment and materials for the delivery of activities within the community.
To find out more visit www.networksofwellbeing.org