Grant awards news – January 2010 - Barnwood Trust

Grant awards news – January 2010

Barnwood Trust has awarded a grant to the Stroud & District Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society to help maintain and develop their Singing for the Brain activities.

These sessions use singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment. Singing is not only an enjoyable activity, it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group. Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain. Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can be especially easy to recall.

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them. The Stroud & District branch provides support, advice, information and activities for people affected by dementia and their carers.  They cover the areas in and around Stroud, Dursley, Wotton under Edge, Berkeley Vale, Painswick, Hardwicke, Bisley, Chalford, Stonehouse and Nailsworth. The Singing for the Brain sessions have been operating for about two and a half years. They take place twice each month at the Stonehouse Community Centre and up to 40 people with dementia and their carers attend.

Other grants awarded at our January 2010 meeting were:

Event Mobility grant to purchase 22 reconditioned electric scooters to enable disabled people to enjoy shows and events

Friends of Bettridge School grant to re-site their play equipment and create a sensory garden

Watershed Riding for the Disabled grant towards the extension and improvement of their facilities

GL Communities grant over two years to set up a befriending circle for disabled people

Deafblind UK grant to provide communication support for 39 deafblind residents of Gloucestershire

Jubilee Sailing Trust grant towards the refurbishment of the sleeping accommodation on the Lord Nelson

National Talking Newspapers grant towards the running costs for Gloucestershire residents

National Listening Library grant towards the running costs for Gloucestershire residents

Combat Stress grant towards the running costs for Gloucestershire residents

County Air Ambulance Trust grant towards the running costs for Gloucestershire residents

Posted: January 2010

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