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Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May, is Dementia Action Week, a week that unites individuals, workplaces and communities to act and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is delighted to have awarded grants to some amazing dementia projects throughout Kent and Medway and during Dementia Action Week would like to share some of the great activities taking place in the county, for those living with dementia.

Bright Shadow

Bright Shadow, in East Kent, is an innovative community arts organisation, which enables people living with dementia, and those who care for them, to live well and to thrive. Bright Shadow offers creative sessions for people in the community or in care homes living with dementia and has received grants from KCF totalling £19,000.

Memory Lane Café

Memory Lane Café, Cranbrook, was created to help those with memory difficulties and received grants of £11,500 from KCF. The group from Cranbrook and its neighbouring villages come together each month for conversation, music and themed nostalgia Themes have included WWII, Hop picking, Roger and Hammerstein songs and “wash day”. The Memory Lane Cafe connects the rural community and empowers those living with dementia.

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival, in partnership with Age UK Tunbridge Wells and Smoking Apples Theatre Company, created a community arts 'Shadow Play' puppetry project for those living with dementia. KCF awarded this innovative project a grant of £4,500

Funder Films CIC

Funder Films held “A Few Words About Me” poetry workshop hosted by poetry therapist Victoria Field, for people living with dementia in Canterbury. The poetry workshop received a grant of £5,000 from Kent Community Foundation.

The projects we funded featured in an interview with KMFM. Listen back here.

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind