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A pair of Diss charity groups have been awarded funding from Norfolk Community Foundation to help with their work in supporting those who suffer with dementia.

Through the foundation’s Connecting Older People fund, £6,235 has been granted to Time With Friends, based at The Corn Hall and the Dove Dementia Café at The United Reformed Church in Mere Street.

The two groups support people with dementia and their friends and families by having once a month meet up for a tea and a chat.

Jane Trippett-Jones, of Time With Friends and Gabrielle Pagan, of the Dove Dementia Café. Photo by Mark Bullimore.
Jane Trippett-Jones, of Time With Friends and Gabrielle Pagan, of the Dove Dementia Café. Photo by Mark Bullimore.

Jane Tripett-Jones, who runs Time With Friends, said: “It is just amazing news, we are working together to try and get a transport scheme set up now with the funding, so we can bring people into the groups from the surrounding villages.

“When we told our group they were really excited and recognised that more people would then be able to come. We have such a friendly and supportive group with such amazing volunteers who help us, we wouldn’t be able to run the group without them.”

The idea came about when both groups found a common barrier with the transportation for members and the wish to extend the chance for more people to come and join them.

So they decided to combine forces to apply for the grant to help current members but also extend their reach to help more people in the same situation to come together.

Gabrielle Pagan, who runs the Dove Dementia Café, said: “We are just very pleased that people are going to have the benefit from the funding. This is just huge for both groups.

“This funding will ease the financial strain for those with and caring for someone with dementia, it will also mean due to the transport, people will not have to choose between the two groups and can come to both.”

The Norfolk Community Foundation, which awarded the money, is a charity dedicated to building stronger communities and improving the lives of people in Norfolk.

The foundation supports more than 2,000 small charities, with their work helping around one in four people in the county.

Jenny Bevan, head of programmes for the foundation, said: “Norfolk Community Foundation is delighted to support this much needed project that will make a real difference in the community. We wish them every success with their work.”

For more information about the work of the Norfolk Community Foundation, go to www.norfolkfoundation.com

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