Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS), the South Yorkshire organisation dedicated to supporting people with dementia and related illnesses, has received over £9,000 in funding from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme.

BIADS will use the funds, which total £9,736, to appoint a Volunteer Coordinator, who will work with the charity for 14 hours a week, over the next year.

Responsible for recruitment and training, the Volunteer Coordinator will provide volunteers with the knowledge they need to develop their confidence and social skills, which will allow them to provide valuable support to BIADS’ members.

Once training is completed, BIADS’ volunteers alongside staff will then provide members of the community with emotional and practical support and will also deliver activities and events across the local area, helping Barnsley residents who have dementia to lead healthy and positive lives.

Margaret Mason, Development Manager for BIADS comments: “Receiving the funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that we’re able to continue to make a real difference to people’s lives here in Barnsley.”

“We simply couldn’t do what we do without volunteers. Having the resources in place to appoint additional resource for the next year means we are now able to increase the variety of activities we offer, such as circle dancing, day trips and life story groups, giving our members a more positive outlook on life.”

Stephen Abson, Development Manager (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support play an incredibly important role in the local community and ensure that those who have dementia receive the care and support they need.”

“Only by working with organisations such as BIADS through the Coalfields Community Investment Programme are we able to address the needs of coalfield communities and relieve the pressures that are often placed on public services such as the NHS.”

As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.