Local charity, Dementia Friendly Keighley (DFK), is celebrating after being awarded more than £300,000 in National Lottery funding to develop and support its work with adults with dementia, and their carers over the next three years. 

DFK has been running since 2014 and is currently staffed by three employed members of staff and a team of invaluable volunteers. The charity aims to make a positive difference in the lives of all adults affected by dementia in the local area, by raising awareness of the condition and providing advice, support, information, activities and a welcoming environment at its base in the Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will enable DFK to continue its existing services and support, as well as increasing its reach and capacity to those people who are living with dementia. It aims to further develop its relationships with health care providers, ensuring DFK’s services and expertise are known and valued by local GPs. 

At the same time, the charity will be able to trial a Saturday opening to increase access to the centre and is looking to appoint a Chief Executive to run the charity. 

Helen Bradley, Chair of Trustees, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. We know that the numbers of people with dementia is growing and now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to continue to offer more services and more bespoke support those people living with dementia and their carers from the DFK centre in Keighley. This is important because it helps to improve the understanding of dementia in the local community but also for those who attend the centre, opportunities to build relationships with others facing similar challenges and to create a support network.”

The National Lottery Community Fund recently launched its new strategy, ‘It starts with community’, which will underpin its efforts to distribute at least £4 billion of National Lottery funding by 2030. 

As part of this, the funder has four key missions, which are to support communities to come together, be environmentally sustainable, help children and young people thrive and enable people to live healthier lives. 

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. Thanks to them, last year The National Lottery Community Fund was able to distribute over half a billion pounds (£615.4 million) of life-changing funding to communities. 

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