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Public invited to decide how dementia care money should be spent
Wednesday 28th August, 2013

A second event to shape the allocation of funding to help support people with dementia living in the Scholes area is being held at the India Lounge in Scholes this Friday 30 August, and more people are being encouraged to attend.

The first event in the Dementia Friendly Scholes initiative, (held on 14 August), led by Wigan Council, saw individuals, businesses, charities, social groups and other organisations attend the lunchtime session to contribute to the conversation about what is needed in the area to help people with dementia, their families and carers, to make Scholes ‘dementia-friendly’.

And now the council wants those and more people to come and join in the second event to develop those ideas about how the money could be shared out.

Anyone with an interest in or experience of dementia, either through a relative or loved one having the condition, or through their work, volunteering or other contact, is invited to meet to share their ideas on what is needed in the area, or propose how they might help, at an informal free lunch at the India Lounge on Vauxhall Road in Scholes on Friday 30 August from 12-3pm, to share their views.

A Dragons’ Den style event will be held in September where people who can provide the services identified will pitch for the funding. The audience will have the final vote on how the money is allocated.

The funding has been received through the NESTA Creative Councils initiative. People who can help to deliver a service – whether individuals, businesses, charities, or any other organisation – are encouraged to apply for the funding to help them increase or develop what they can offer. Support may be available for anyone looking to start up a new service if they have a worthwhile idea they are looking to get off the ground.

Friday’s lunch is free to attend but people are asked to let the team know they plan on going along, for catering numbers. Call 01942 404260 to book your free place or find out more.

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