Our mission is to support people with dementia to get outdoors and experience the benefits of nature. One of the ways we do this is through our supported holidays.
We aim to deliver them to as many people who need them as possible, but we know that not everybody can afford the full cost of our holidays even at our subsidised prices. That’s why we created the Dementia Adventure Support Fund.
The Dementia Adventure Support Fund is especially for those who really need the type of break that we offer, but wouldn’t be able to fund it on their own. We can use the Fund to contribute towards the cost of the holiday itself or towards anything that is creating a barrier to someone taking a holiday. In the past, we have used it to pay for transport to get to and from a holiday; for clothing like shoes and coats; and for personal care.
Who is Eligible for the Dementia Adventure Support Fund?
Because the Support Fund contains a limited amount of funds, it is reserved for those who truly need it. In order to be considered, you or the person you are caring for must have a formal dementia diagnosis, live in the UK, and be unable to pay the listed prices on our website. However, we understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, so as long as these three key criteria are met then we will consider you. Below is a list of some of the things we might consider when reviewing your eligibility for the Fund, but don’t be put off if you think you have a reason for receiving funding from the Support Fund that isn’t represented – get in touch and we will do our best to help you. We will always consider everyone on an individual basis.
Possible Eligibility Criteria:
- You haven’t had a holiday in a significant period of time.
- The reason you haven’t been able to go on holiday is due to lack of finances.
- You have applied or are planning on applying for additional funding elsewhere.
- You are receiving means-tested benefits.
- You have not previously accessed financial support through the Dementia Adventure Support Fund within the last 12 months.
- You will significantly gain from having a Dementia Adventure supported holiday, in a way that will contribute to your wellbeing beyond the duration of the holiday itself.
If you are eligible for funding, we’ll ask that you allow us to use your holiday story in order to give others an idea of the impact that a Dementia Adventure holiday can have.
What About Other Sources of Funding?
Besides the Dementia Adventure Support Fund, there are many other organisations that offer funding for people with dementia and their carers. Some are even specifically for people looking to get away on a break! If our subsidised holiday prices are out of reach for you, take a look at our handy Guide to Financial Assistance, which contains advice specifically for those looking for help to finance a Dementia Adventure holiday.
If you’re struggling with finances in everyday life, we have also written a guide to what financial help is out there more generally for those living with dementia and the people who care for them.
How to Apply for the Dementia Adventure Support Fund
If you’d like to apply for funding for part or all of your holiday from the Dementia Adventure Support Fund, please get in touch. We’ll have a chat about your circumstances and then take next steps from there.