Describe your project
Our “Living Room” will create homely surroundings fully incorporating to needs of those living with Dementia, Alzheimer’s or any other disability. The room will be fully decorated in keeping with the colours that create a calming background for its many users along with a number of memory boards and for much needed stimulus and interaction. The room will be fitted with a small kitchen and suitable furnishings to make it as like any modern day rest home.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Those living with Dementia or Alzheimer’s need a place to go and to be within a comfortable setting to allow much needed interaction. Not only will this facility be used by many of those who live with a medical, physical or mental disability be able to use it but so will their carers. Service providers can come to the centre to work with those in attendance in the comfortable and welcoming surroundings. They will be able to watch them interact with other users and support those who may be more reluctant to engage. There is another group which our management committee wish to partner with who have successfully gained funding for a community bus and through this partnership the bus will be used to bring people to the centre and return them home after the sessions they’ve attended.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Our Management Committee held an open day last year and we canvassed ideas from the community and it was identified that the centre needed to cater for all sections of the community, including the mature residents within the town and everyone with disabilities. The Committee also approached some out reach workers to discuss a drop in session for Dementia sufferers and they advised the group that they had been trying to deliver this type of service within Whithorn but could not find a suitable venue. This venue has now been visited and deemed suitable once alterations and investment has been made.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Whithorn is a community with a significant percentage of ageing residents, and this is mirrored with the many small villages that make up the South Machars Area. This room , although catering predominantly for Dementia and Alzheimer suffers it will also provide a facility for many different users and their carers. A facility which offers a place to retain independence is invaluable.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
There are a number of items which we plan to introduce within the ‘Living Room’ and although the maximum amount of award is £5000 we will probably look to match fund this with other similar sized funds to complete our full project. Moveable furniture and a modest kitchen with appliances is what we wood ideally spend this award on , but other items including , tables and chairs, etc. We have a huge room that requires painted with the neutral colours indicative of those who suffer from dementia, etc., and this will require to be completed too but we have an idea to tap into Dulux Community Paint programme to purchase the volume of paint required. Floor coverings, including carpets and vinyl are needing purchased too so the money can go to any of these options.
When and why was your project founded?
August , 2018, SMCC- Management Meeting identified the need to produce a facility to ensure independence amongst the elderly remained high within Whithorn and to ensure the community centre could be an asset for the whole community to use for many years to come.
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