Dementia fund launches

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HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds in funding is on offer to help people living with dementia.

A new fund will dish out a £900,000 cash pot to projects and good causes across the region.

The North East and Cumbria Dementia Fund - made up of The Northern Rock Foundation, Comic Relief and Ballinger Charitable Trust - now wants to hear from dementia groups.

Louise Telford, programme manager from The Northern Rock Foundation, said: “We want to support projects that are working with people with dementia who are living in the community, either in their own homes, or in sheltered accommodation and work that changes the way people with dementia are viewed and treated by society.”

The new Fund is also interested in supporting projects that help people with dementia who live alone, are from minority communities, have learning disabilities or early onset dementia, which affects under-65s.

In 2010, a total of 31,840 people in the North East were living with late on-set dementia.

These figures are predicted to rise by nearly 60 per cent to 50,840 by 2030.

For more information, or to apply for funding, contact Louise Telford at The Northern Rock Foundation on tel. 284 8412 or email