Encouraging and Supporting Grassroots Activity Fund awards £8287 to QCCC


Encouraging and Supporting Grassroots Activity Fund awards £8287 to QCCC


Queensferry Care is delighted to have been awarded £8287 from the Encouraging and Supporting Grassroots Activity Fund - funded by Age Scotland's About Dementia project in partnership with the Scottish Government, to establish a former carers supper club.

For many years, carers have expressed how much attending our supper club twice a month means to them. Carers and their cared for family members meet for a meal in small groups, either at the Haven or in local restaurants who look after all our groups with such care and dignity. There are many wonderful moments - memories shared, new friends made, support and understanding from others in a similar situation.

Once a loved one is in long term care or sadly no longer with us, carers are invited to remain with Supper Club for up to 3 months as they transition into a new chapter of their life. For many this is a lifeline to ensure there is still a sense of structure to their week and an ability to meet with friends and the team from Queensferry Care.

Over the years carers have appreciated the extra support provided following their situation change, we listened and saw an opportunity to provide support to all former carers.

Thanks to this funding we are establishing a former carers supper club, open to any carer in South Queensferry, Ratho, Ratho Station, Newbridge, Dalmeny or Kirkliston, whose caring role at home has ended, for whatever reason. We will meet once a month at the Haven and once a month at a local restaurant, to ensure these wonderful former carers remain supported and connected.

For more information please contact us on 0131 331 5570.

About the fund

Age Scotland's press release states more than a quarter of a million pounds has been given to 16 dementia projects across Scotland to support the growth of community-led support for people living with dementia, their carers and family members.

Age Scotland's Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Crawford, said:

"Following the high demand for our previous round of funding, we are thrilled to be able to provide additional financial support to the groups and communities who narrowly missed out last time. It's great that we can support such a diverse range of projects supporting people in towns, cities, islands and rural areas throughout Scotland.

"This is the third round of funding, which to date totals over half a million pounds, and it is particularly exciting as we were able to quickly distribute this substantial financial support to successful applicants; allowing communities to address gaps in support for people living with dementia, their caresr and empowering people to live well within their communities. We're grateful to the Scottish Government for their support to make this happen.

"We know how important the work of community-led organisations can be for people living with dementia and their families. They play a vital role in ensuring they feel supported and have access to the recourses they need."

The Scottish Government's Minister for Mental Wellbeing, Maree Todd said:

"We are very pleased to see this funding being allocated to a diverse range of community-led projects across Scotland.

"Over a period of three years we have committed £1.5 million available for people living with dementia and their care partners in our communities.

"This investment supports our clear, positive, 10-year strategic vision to deliver a better experience for people living with dementia and their care partners, directly informed by the voices of lived experience.

"Our targeted funding approach in community-based support empowers local people to take a more active role in determining and delivering the support they need to enrich their lives, empowering greater inclusivity within our communities."

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