DFC Community Engagement Grants

To support the development of local dementia-friendly community activity, 21 grants of $15,000 each were made available to support Australian community and not for profit organisations. Grants were administered via an expression of interest process from November 2017 until late January 2018. 

In addition to requiring national representation in all states and territories, successful applications were those that specifically highlighted active engagement and inclusion of people living with dementia; this included shaping, delivering, and co-designing community-focused activity. Further to this we were very happy to receive 132 submissions.

Dementia Australia are very pleased to support the following 21 organisations in their local dementia-friendly activity; and we look forward to sharing their stories over the coming months via the communities in action page on this site. 

Adelaide Hills Council – Woodside SA

This DFC funded project will foster and promote tourism, social and retail destinations that are dementia friendly. The project will support Adelaide Hills businesses to demonstrate awareness, respect and responsiveness to people living with dementia. The project will be a collaboration between the Hills Inclusive Tourism (HIT) group and the Hills Dementia Action Group (HDAG). The HIT has recently completed an inclusive tourism project whereby local tourism destinations were reviewed for access and inclusion, and supported to make changes for older people and people with mobility constraints.

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Kiama Municipal Council – NSW

The Dementia-friendly Kiama Project commenced in 2014 in partnership with (then) Alzheimer’s Australia – now Dementia Australia (DA), the University of Wollongong and Kiama Council.  The project has achieved a great deal in regards to making the Kiama community a dementia-friendly community, but there is much more that needs to be achieved. This Phase 3 project proposal is to build upon the momentum started in Kiama and to draw upon the insights & knowledge gained around building dementia-friendly communities and to tackle new areas and try new strategies to address the areas the project has not already successfully addressed. These areas include: further business education, further community education, and support the Kiama project’s Dementia-friendly Kiama Advisory Group (DAGs) to become their own incorporated organisation.

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Community and Cultural Connections Inc. – Inner West Sydney NSW

This is a collaborative project whose aim is to conduct a dementia awareness campaign to inform, educate and demystify dementia within the targeted CALD communities. It will contain two primary components, a series of co-designed Multicultural Dementia Forums accompanied by an “Expo” of local services with information provided in identified community languages, and development of dementia-friendly local resources. This campaign will specifically target people from Greek, Italian, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities, chosen on the basis of their representation within the population of people aged over 65 in the Sydney’s Inner Western Region. 

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ACH Group – Adelaide SA

ACH Group will work with people living with dementia (including people with Younger Onset Dementia), their families, supporters, and in collaboration with State Swim to develop Dementia Friendly Swimming Experience resources for people living with dementia. Together they will design resources that swimming venues, programs, services, and people living with dementia and their families can use to create Dementia friendly swimming experiences.

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Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, UTAS – Hobart TAS

Living with Dementia Conversation Cards are a resource to improve engagement with people living with dementia across the community through conversation. As a precursor to this project, the Wicking Centre has undertaken a series of community forums over the past two years aiming to initiate conversations about dementia, inspire reflection on what dementia-friendly communities mean for community groups in different regions and distil targets for action to support establishment of dementia friendly communities.

Port Macquarie - Hastings Council – NSW

The ‘Four Seasons in One Dementia Day’ program will consist of a series of four dementia-friendly community activities over the four seasons of the 2018/2019 financial year. The program will include a pop-up Dementia Café in Winter 2018, a ‘Meet the Author’ event hosted by the Port Macquarie Library with bestselling fiction author Sally Hepworth in Spring 2018. In Summer 2019 ‘Hands on History’ art and dementia workshops for people living with dementia will be held at the Port Macquarie Museum and Historic Courthouse. The year will finish with an Artwalk in Autumn 2019. As part of the Artwalk, a short video created with local residents living with memory loss will be projected onto the walls of a CBD building. 

Shire of Manjimup Community Home Care –WA

Developing a stronger dementia-friendly working group, awareness training aimed at building capacity for volunteers, and intergenerational skill/swap sessions, are all planned as part of this project. Specifically Manjimup Community Home Care will engage a dementia trained artist to run a 10 week art workshop series within their Boronia club program. During this time volunteers will train alongside the artist and learn sufficient skills in order to continue running regular art programs into the future. It is anticipated that with assistance of trained volunteers, this program will improve levels of engagement of people living with dementia and attract new individuals from the community.

Mercy Health and Aged Care Central QLD Ltd – Rockhampton QLD

Two streams of education and information sessions will be developed in this project. The first stream is targeted at people living with dementia, care partners and loved ones. These sessions will be designed to follow the journey of dementia from variations in presentation and symptoms, experiences of diagnosis, to assisting people to control their own experiences, as much as possible. The second stream will involve the larger community to broaden and deepen understanding of dementia, improve attitudes towards people with dementia, and perceptions of the disease.

Anglican Community Services – Western Sydney NSW

In this project, Anglicare at Home Dementia Advisory Services along with people living with dementia, aim to contribute to the development and maintenance of Blacktown LGA as a dementia-friendly community by sensitising and educating personnel associated with public transport across the train lines of Blacktown LGA (Sydney trains, Sydney buses, railway police and shop owners) and shopping centres in the Blacktown LGA, through facilitated information sessions.

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The Centre for Continuing Education Inc – Wangaratta VIC

This project, based in the community of Corryong (Towong Shire) aims to: increase community understanding of dementia, reduce stigma and the resultant social isolation (including self-imposed social isolation) of people living with dementia and their carers, increase community support for people living with dementia to maintain engagement with their community.

3Bridges Community – Southern Sydney NSW

This project aims to create a Dementia Friendly neighbourhood at Carss Park that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of people living with dementia.
The project will focus on making Carss Park, a small suburb in Southern Sydney and part of Georges River Council, a dementia-friendly neighbourhood. This involves connecting with local residents, businesses, schools, police, council and service providers to raise awareness of dementia in order to promote the rights of people living with dementia to meaningful engagement and participation in the community.

ECH Inc – Victor Harbour SA

This project will enable ECH to build capacity in order to facilitate engagement of local people living with dementia, those living with them and the broader Victor Harbor (SA) community, and initiate the process of creating a dementia-friendly community. The DFC grant will assist ECH to increase the overall capacity and capability of the community to support people with dementia to remain living at home, to participate in their local community, and to conduct a meaningful and engaged life.

Dementia Friendly Ballarat – VIC

The Woowookarung Regional Park, (RP) Ballarat is the location where a native sensory garden/sensory cues trail will be established within an overall Parks Victoria park plan and community health activation plan. This project provides a unique opportunity for people living with dementia to be involved at every stage, as well as the application of dementia-friendly design principles. 

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Byron Shire Respite Service Inc. - Brunswick Heads NSW

This dementia-friendly awareness activity aims to dispel the myth that dementia is an old person’s disease by offering dementia education sessions and promoting dementia-friendly communities in the Northern Rivers. The project aims to increase people’s engagement/access to existing community activities, health and support services by promoting dementia-friendly communities and raising dementia awareness amongst minority groups in the region.

Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre – NSW

This activity will establish Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre as a Dementia Friendly Organisation, and promote an optimum environment within the community of support, acceptance, and encouragement. The project includes the design, development and support of a dementia peer volunteer program and meaningful, sensory-rich, culturally, and locally appropriate activity groups and community BBQs.

HealthWISE New England North West – Narrabri NSW

This project aims to teach community and business that while dementia comes in many forms and affects people differently there are a number of common symptoms. Education and communication skills will be offered to businesses to improve customer service. The project will also promote the excellent resources available through the DFC Hub (www.dementiafriendly.org.au). Education of staff in local businesses will a go a long way towards creating a town where people living with dementia feel respected and valued by making some simple changes to the environment (clear signage, pathways, seating and lighting etc.). The project will support community and businesses with the tools and checklists they need to improve their customer service skills so that people living with dementia can continue to live well in Narrabri. HealthWISE is a proud partner of the Narrabri Dementia Friendly Community Steering Committee and manages the CEP grant funding on behalf of the committee. 

NoosaCare – Sunshine Coast QLD

This initiative will develop a Dementia Mentorship program. Its primary aim is to embrace those living with dementia as the greatest asset in the mission to foster dementia friendly communities.  The mentoring program will be defined as a voluntary partnership between the person living with dementia and community members, where development is encouraged through the sharing of the mentors’ expertise and experience to provide an understanding of what the community can do to make it more informed, safe, and respectful for people living with dementia.

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Inner East Primary Care Partnership (auspiced by Carrington Health) – East Melbourne VIC

This project will expand on an existing project and support the development and implementation of a model of co-design and active project engagement with people living with dementia to deliver actions. This will be done through partnerships and collaboration, working with local businesses in key activity areas such as Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre and Brentford Square (a smaller shopping strip in Forest Hill) to increase education and public awareness of dementia, and obtain support for the local dementia-friendly initiatives. The project will also work with the local media to increase public awareness of dementia and promote the local dementia-friendly community initiatives and actions.

Darwin Community Arts – NT

This project will support the dementia-friendly design and implementation of community activity workshops, including: music programs involving singing and the use of music instruments; storytelling, wherein clients tell their stories which are then recorded and edited; weaving using grasses, plants and recycled materials; arts and crafts, including jewellery making, origami, sewing, crochet and knitting; flow painting on canvas using simple techniques; and Guidance on compute use, enabling participants to look up ideas or research whatever the participants chooses.

Hammond Care Nowra – NSW

This project will convene and establish a practical community action plan to develop a dementia friendly community within the Shoalhaven. The action plan will identify strategies for disseminating dementia friendly resources. It will be informed by a mini-scoping study to assess the current strengths and gaps in the local community. These include: social isolation and the promotion of social engagement; the physical environment for people living with dementia; and community awareness and understanding of dementia.
The work of the project will be overseen and directed by a working party made up of people living with dementia as well as other relevant stakeholders.

Millmerran District Hospital Ladies Auxiliary – Darling Downs region QLD

Working with both the Millmerran and Pittsworth communities the aim of this project is to increase awareness of Dementia and to educate both the community generally and local businesses. Educating the general public and the business sector will create a better understanding and awareness of people living with Dementia. The project aims to support people living with dementia, in the community, to live a meaningful and inclusive life.