Funding boost for dementia project

A PROJECT designed to help people with dementia lead as full and active a life as possible has received a major funding boost.

Bognor Regis-based community interest company Frame of Mind is set to receive £29,000 after West Sussex County Council’s finance chief Michael Brown decided to approve the group’s funding bid to the Social Enterprise Fund.

Michael, who is the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at West Sussex County Council, said: “Supporting this already successful project means people living with dementia will be able to feel part of the community and will feel inspired to give something back.

“If people are able to remain active for longer we may start seeing better outcomes for people in West Sussex.”

Frame of Mind, set up in October 2006, helps to reach hard-to-reach socially excluded adults who are often overlooked by mainstream employers and/or society by providing vocational training on making picture frames to order.

It already supports people with mental health issues and learning disabilities remain active members of the community.

This new funding will support the organisation develop a new strand of work with dementia sufferers.

Their training approach means they do much more than just practical framing skills, but challenge people’s expectation of themselves to enhance a number of wider life skills, including concentration, complex problem-solving and self discipline.

The idea is that as participants learn picture framing and general business skills, their confidence will grow, allowing them to become more active members of the community.

As such the project also helps break down some of the stigma that exists around mental ill-health and dementia by showing what participants can still do.