Presenting Our Community Grant

Published: 22/05/2019

We are delighted to announce that our first community grant for 2019 was awarded to Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust for an event they are holding during Dementia Action Week in May. The event will be open to all emergency services and have the goal of empowering along with educating them about dementia as well as providing information on the pathways and support available to them.

Our Community Grant Scheme is extremely important and has made a big difference to numerous community organisations since it was launched.

We are delighted to announce that our first community grant for 2019 was awarded to Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust for an event they are holding during Dementia Action Week in May.


The event will be open to all emergency services and have the goal of empowering along with educating them about dementia as well as providing information on the pathways and support available to them.

Following the event, emergency services will be equipped with additional information to assist them in supporting people with dementia along with their carers.

Community Liaison Manager Nathan presented the £250 grant to Dementia Lead Nurse, Liz, at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells and Liz explained:
I would like to thank Bluebird Care Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells for this grant, which will be a big help in funding our event in May.

Often those living with dementia are brought to A&E when there may be a more suitable pathway available for them.

This is simply through a lack of awareness for our emergency services colleagues of the services available to them in the community.

 
Our event aims to empower and educate staff in all our emergency services and is an exciting collaboration between Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust; West Kent Police; South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

With the funding we have received and the information that will be available it will assist in  making a difference to the lives of those whom our fantastic emergency services regularly come into contact with
Care Manager Zoe commented:
Our Community Grant Scheme is incredibly important because I know that it makes a big difference to some key community organisations.

We chose to award our community grant to Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust because we know first-hand the challenges which dementia can bring and the difference the event will make.