Dementia Peer Support Groups
Please note: This is a grant funding opportunity
Kent County Council is inviting expressions of interest from voluntary and community sector organisations, including Social Enterprises, who support or wish to provide support to people with dementia and their carers. Applicants should ideally have a history of working with people with dementia and their carers. A sound local knowledge is required to ensure effective promotion of the Dementia Peer Support Group to service users, carers, statutory services and providers within the geographical area for which the successful applicant is funded.
Applicants shall be responsible to provide suitable premises in order to make the Dementia Peer Support Group support available within the Kent County Council geographical areas identified below:
- Ashford Borough Council
- Canterbury City Council
- Dartford Borough Council
- Dover District Council
- Gravesham Borough Council
- Maidstone District Council
- Sevenoaks District Council
- Shepway District Council
- Swale Borough Council
- Thanet District Council
- Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
- Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Please note Kent County Council’s locality maps are available via this link
These maps identify the boundaries within the Kent County Council geographical area.
Kent County Council is seeking to award one grant to contribute towards the provision of one or more Dementia Peer Support Group in each district, as identified above. Applicants may bid for more than one geographical area.
Kent County Council will provide grant funding in the region of £180,000, in total, to contribute towards the provision of the Dementia Peer Group support across the twelve geographical areas for a two year period. Kent County Council intends for grant agreements to commence on the 1st of April 1012 and end on the 31st March 2014.
Expressions of interest will need to be submitted by no later than midday on9th February 2012. Late expressions of interest will not be accepted. It is anticipated that you will be invited, by email, to complete the online application from the 14th February 2012.
You will find key deadlines for completing and submitting the application form and associated information in the guidance notes. Guidance notes will be made available from the 14th February 2012.
The grant contributions will be awarded by panel consensus. The panel will consider/evaluate applications against the desired outcomes identified in the guidance notes.
Dementia Peer Support Groups
Dementia Peer Support Groups are, ideally, small groups intended for people in the early stages of their illness often following receiving their diagnosis.
Dementia Peer Support Groups offer a safe environment to provide post diagnostic and ongoing support for individuals diagnosed with dementia. The Dementia Peer Support Group facilitator will support group members to share their experiences of dementia and the impact dementia has had on their lives. Group members are given the opportunity to share how they have overcome difficulties that they may have encountered.
The Dementia Peer Support Group meetings are also used as an opportunity for providing quality information about dementia and dementia support, to ensure people are aware of services and support available to them to assist them in planning for the future.