New Dementia Community Grants Programme

Somerset County Council is changing the way it provides day time activities for people with memory loss or dementia. They have announced a community grants programme, which is now open for applications. The initiative is aimed at supporting the development of services for people in Somerset with memory loss or dementia, over the next five years.

Grants will usually be for £250 to £10,000 per year.

The grants will:

  • Directly benefit residents of Somerset and grass roots community groups and organisations.
  • Support an increase in people with memory problems or dementia using community groups and services, even when their condition worsens and extra support is required.
  • Fund activities and services that support both Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care clients who use Direct Payments to pay for their support, and people who pay for themselves.
  • Fund projects that become self-sufficient and sustainable

For further information please view Dementia Community Grant Outline and Dementia Community Grant EOI template

If you wish to have an informal conversation about this grant and what it can fund, please email the Adult and Health Commissioning Team at commissioningteammailbox@somerset.gov.uk , and a member of the team will call you back.

Somerset Mental Health Stakeholder Engagement Forum

Bookings are now open for the Somerset Mental Health Stakeholder Engagement Forum.

The forum is keen to hear from a wide range of people with an interest in local mental health services.

The theme for this meeting is ‘Fit For My Future’.

Fit for my Future” is a developing strategy to support the health and wellbeing of all the people in Somerset, by changing the way health and social care services are commissioned. It is being delivered by delivered by Somerset County Council, Somerset CGG, and other major health care providers. They are seeking views on the Case For Change, and their ideas so far.

Also on the agenda is SWEDA on the support they offer, Laughter Therapy, and the internationally recognised LEAP programme.

The Somerset Mental Health Stakeholder Engagement Forum is being held on Friday 14th December, from 10:30am to 1pm at SWEDA, Shepton Mallet.

You can find out more and book a space here.