whatCharity are proud to announce the winners of our latest competition. Congratulations to Dementia Adventure, who has received £200 for staff or volunteer recreation for taking part in our Big Volunteering Survey 2019. We interviewed Bree, Head of Communications for Dementia Adventure, who told us more about the charity.
What does Dementia Adventure do and what are your aims?
Dementia Adventure is a multi-award winning charity co-founded by Neil Mapes and Lucy Harding in 2009, using the unique combination of Neil’s expertise in dementia care and support and Lucy’s expertise in the adventure travel industry.
The problem they identified was that once diagnosed, people with dementia were at risk of being indoors too much of the time, resulting in an unnecessary decline in their physical, emotional and social well-being.
Dementia Adventure believes that with the right support, people living with dementia can continue to do the things they have always enjoyed: get outdoors, remain active, keep connected to friends, family, and their community and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.
Supported holidays can make a massive difference to the quality of life experienced by people living with dementia and their carers – removing the barriers that often prevent people from taking a break and allowing those living with dementia to enjoy time away together with their partner, family or friends.
With the generous £1,400,000 of funding received to date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery directly help Dementia Adventure keep the cost of these short breaks affordable for more people; allowing them access to the outdoors in a meaningful way.
This year the charity will deliver 33 holidays in 13 different locations across the UK, with the potential to benefit 192 people.
What will you do with the £200 prize for staff or volunteer recreation?
With this generous prize of £200, we hope to give back to our loyal volunteers by implementing long service awards to recognise the work they do and support they give to our charity.