Friends of Savernake Hospital's £7,000 grant to Alzheimer’s Support

Written by Tony Millett on .


The Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community have given a £7,000 grant to the Wilthsire charity Alzheimer’s Support towards its work in the Marlborough and Pewsey areas.

Alzheimer’s Support recently won a contract with Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire to provide their holistic dementia services across Wiltshire - services which can enable people living with dementia to live well in their own homes and stay in their communities.


Part of the grant from the Friends will meet travel costs of the Alzheimer’s Support dementia home support team workers.  They regularly visit over 65 people in the Marlborough and Pewsey community areas, delivering around 300 hours of home support every month.


In Wiltshire 6,500 people currently live with dementia – a figure expected to rise to 8,500 by 2020. Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire's NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have drawn up the Wiltshire Dementia Strategy 2014-2021 to deal with dementia needs in the county.

 Alzheimer's Support: a support worker & clientAlzheimer's Support: a support worker & client  Entertainment at the Alzheimer's Support Memory Cafe (East Grafton) Entertainment at the Alzheimer's Support Memory Cafe (East Grafton)

Research for the Strategy revealed gaps in the provision of services, in particular for people with dementia who were still living at home – especially those living alone and in remote rural areas.

While many care homes exist in and around Marlborough, there is a continuing need for support at the individual level which allows people to remain in their homes and independent for as long as possible.


The Alzheimer’s Support workers provide a range of support including: companionship and conversation at home, support to continue with a favourite hobby or pastime, social trips out – even just to have coffee in town, practical help with shopping or hairdressing appointments.


As well as providing financial support for the support workers’ travel costs, some of the Friends' grant money will be used for the Alzheimer’s Support memory cafe in East Grafton, and also to provide a new laptop for the Alzheimer’s Support Care Coordinator for this area.


Alzheimer’s Support Chief Executive, Babs Harris, is particularly grateful for the support with travel costs: “I would like to thank the Friends of Savernake Hospital so much for their generous contribution to our services.   Our support workers provide a lifeline to people who cannot get out and about under their own volition, and in the East of Wiltshire especially, our travel costs are high.  This will make a real difference to the services we can provide locally."