Local charity gets new dementia services contract for Wiltshire
A new contract to provide dementia services across Wiltshire has been awarded to a local independent charity, Alzheimer’s Support.
Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have awarded the contract, which begins on 1 April 2017.
It will see Alzheimer’s Support provide services to people with dementia, their families and carers, and was awarded after a full tender process.
It has been jointly funded by Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire CCG, although their funding does not cover the complete costs of the services provided - Alzheimer’s Support relies on donations and grants from other organisations to deliver some of its services.
There are two parts to this contract. The first will see Alzheimer’s Support provide dementia advisory services for two years with the option to extend for one more year. The second covers the provision of core and community services for two years with the option to extend for two more years.
The services are currently provided by both Alzheimer’s Society in the north and south of the county, and Alzheimer’s Support in the east and west.
Alzheimer’s Support is an independent charity founded in Trowbridge in 1990. In 2015 it was named one of the UK’s top ten healthcare charities by the King’s Fund and Glaxo Smith Kline. It employs 97 staff and is supported by 130 volunteers.