Hertfordshire charity receives donation from community bursary scheme

GEMMS, which provides support for people with dimentia and their carers, has received £1,000 funding from North Home Counties towards running the costs for their organisation.

CALA Homes 30 October 2018

CALA Homes : community bursary scheme,Hampton Park Community Centre StevenageFront left rightDoris kroghSylvia MorganRosemary stilleMarion WilliamsLisa root coordinatorBack rowJohn stokesAnn franklin trustee and volunteerRichard Ryan Cala homesCarol Dixie volunteerVicky RadcliffePat shackleJuly 2018Photo©vickicouchmanvickicouchman.com07957226911Founded in 1996, the charity helps to provide socialisation and mental stimulation for people who have dementia or memory problems. The team of 4, 3 of which are volunteers, offer support by running day clubs twice a week, collecting clients from their homes and taking them to a local community centre. Based in Stevenage, members enjoy an array of social activities including reminiscence games, quizzes, dominoes, crafts and even day trips. 

The group received the funding as part of the CALA Community Bursary. The scheme, which was launched in February 2018, invites organisations, charities and groups in Herefordshire to apply for funding to help with projects that make a real difference to the community. GEMMS was chosen as a recipient of this year’s bursary, with the money going towards arranging exciting day trips for the members to enjoy. The charity currently supports 40 clients, and their carers in Stevenage and the surrounding areas.

Duncan Jackson, Managing Director of CALA Homes (North Home Counties), said: “Selecting recipients of this year’s Community Bursary scheme was an extremely difficult choice, as we received such a high amount of worthwhile applications. GEMMS is an incredible example of a charity made up of a dedicated team that provides invaluable support to its clients and their carers.

“With community placed firmly at the heart of CALA homes, we are passionate about providing support to local services. We hope that this donation will go some way to make a real difference to the lives of those in the local community.”

Pamela Gallagher, Chair of GEMMS, adds: “We are thrilled to receive this financial boost from CALA and look forward to utilising the money to arrange some exciting day trips for our members. The service we provide at GEMMS is essential for the long term well-being of those affected by a devastating illness such as dementia.”