How your money is helping people affected by dementia
Coronavirus is a dementia issue. Older, more vulnerable people are still at a significantly increased risk from the virus. With your help, we are adapting quickly to ensure that people affected by dementia continue to have the support they need.
Responding to coronavirus
Our Dementia Advisers are continuing to provide support in communities all over the country. During the national lockdowns, the stakes were even higher – people affected by dementia were among the worst hit and struggled to get the basic necessities they needed to live.
Our Coronavirus Recovery Appeal
Thanks to your incredible support, our Emergency Coronavirus Appeal raised over £5 million in a short space of time – we are so grateful that you care about people affected by dementia as much as we do.
With your help, we can continue offering our virtual services alongside our traditional ones to reach as many people as possible, long after the pandemic.
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported people affected by dementia during this time. Below is what your donations and support have helped to achieve so far.
Since lockdown began, we have:
- Made 170,000 Welfare Calls to people affected by dementia. So far, over 40,000 people have received calls from our specialist Dementia Advisers who check in regularly to make sure people can access food, medication, and appropriate support.
- Received over 30,000 calls to the Dementia Connect Support Line. Over a quarter of calls to our Support Line have related to concerns about coronavirus, as well as the day to day challenges of living with dementia or being a family carer.
- Helped over 3,000 people combat loneliness through our new Companion Calls service which launched in mid-April. Already, over 40,000 calls have been made by over 1,500 brilliant volunteers.
- Pushed the government to respond to the growing crisis in care homes. People with dementia make up 70% of care home residents, and we will continue to fight for their rights in this crisis and beyond. Join our campaign.
- Provided reliable online support to hundreds of thousands of people. People have viewed coronavirus information on our website 630,000 times.