Dementia café bid for funds a success

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A DEMENTIA café was among the good causes deemed worthy of council funding at the latest Adur County Local Committee meeting.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s plan was to open a dementia café somewhere in Adur by the end of June, and although this has not happened yet, the £1,000 prevention and wellbeing grant will no doubt be a boost for people suffering from the condition and their families and carers.

Alzheimer’s Society services manager Sue Rennie said the grant success was very good news.

“It will enable the society to establish a new café service for people affected by dementia in the Adur area,” she said.

“Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia cafés provide people with dementia and carers with a platform to talk openly about living with dementia within a relaxed and informal environment.”

The cafés are designed to provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers to socialise.

The regular social groups aim to offer fun and engaging activities, led by qualified specialists and supported by local volunteers.

There are already four dementia cafés in towns across Sussex, but none that serves the population of Adur.

Eight other groups and schemes also scooped a total of just under £10,000 in county-council funding.

Support group for blind and partially-sighted people 4SIGHT was awarded £573 towards running sessions in Shoreham to show how special phones and tablet computers can make communications and entertainment easy and accessible for anyone with low vision.

Adur Voluntary Action scooped £2,000 to help run IT learning sessions for adults.

Under the branding of Adur Online Learners, the group teaches computer and internet skills with the aim of preventing ‘digital isolation’ among adults, many of whom are older.

The group runs sessions at the Old School House in Ham Road, Shoreham, and is hoping to offer courses in Fishersgate in the near future.

The As You Are Centre in Southwick, which provides counselling for people suffering from depression, stress and anxiety, secured £2,500.

Bereavment support service Cruse West Sussex bagged £300, Epilepsy Action Sompting was granted £2,540, and the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus was awarded £650.

St Barnabas House Hospice was handed £1,000 and The Life Centre took home £450.

But it was not all plain sailing for the applicants, half of whom saw their bids rejected.

Adur Furniture Network’s bid for £5,000 was opposed, on the grounds that it was already a well-supported charity. Company Paradiso, a charity that helps disadvantaged people create poetry, story, comedy and radio, failed to secure £3,000.

Complement Wellbeing CIC was denied £1,476.60 as it was deemed a Worthing organisation.

Bids from Seaside Hospital Radio (£2,500), the Shoreham Centre (£3,750), Shoreham Rugby Club (£5,000), Freedom Powerchairs (£2,000), In Safe & Caring Hands (£150) and South Downs Wood Turners (£5,000) were also rejected.