Community groups across Surrey working to make life better for thousands of people with dementia have weeks left to bid for innovation funding.
Surrey County Council and clinical commissioning groups in the county created the £50,000 Dementia-Friendly Surrey Innovation Fund so local groups can develop new ways to support people with dementia and their carers. Around 15,500 people in Surrey aged over 65 have dementia, which equates to around one in 13 older people.
More than 30 groups have either put in bids for a share of the cash or have said they would apply. Applications have included projects to help people with dementia through art sessions, gardening or cookery classes.
Mel Few, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “With the number of over-65s living with dementia in Surrey expected to rise by 25% by 2020, the chances of us knowing someone with dementia will increase.
“I am delighted that we are working with clinical commissioning groups to offer funding to help improve vulnerable people’s quality of life.”
Earlier this year, Surrey County Council also announced plans to establish a network of 11 advice centres across the county to give people information to spot the early signs of the condition.