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Community Engagement

Want to know more about Dementia Carers Count? Would you like to get your school or local group involved? Get in touch.

Dementia Carers Count is a small national charity so community engagement and the support of others is vital to helping us spread the word about what we do and how we can support dementia carers.

Our Community Engagement Officer works to raise the profile of our charity, endeavouring to reach people who don’t know about us yet, all over the UK. By visiting hospitals, carers’ hubs, community groups, and any businesses interested in hearing more about our services.

Their work includes representing Dementia Carers Count at various events around the UK, answering questions about how we can help family and friends looking after someone with dementia, explaining how employers can support those looking after someone with dementia, giving presentations about our work and managing our stand at events and shows.

If you are a community group, religious organisation, sports club, school or university we would love to hear from you. Our Community Engagement Officer would be delighted to talk to you and your members about our services and our plans for the future, in person or virtually, and they will be there to support you with any fundraising ideas you might have to support dementia carers.

Community Fundraising for DCC

The DCC team is here to make your group or club fundraising fun, fulfilling and stress-free. You can fundraise for DCC in anyway you choose, any amount you raise makes a real difference to our work. Whether you want to hold your own event, take on a challenge or choose an option from our A-Z of fundraising ideas.

Schools: If you would like to get your school involved in fundraising for DCC we would love to hear from you. Whether it’s a sponsored event such as a walk, run or dance-a-thon, bake sale, quiz night, movie night or fancy-dress day, there are so many ways that schools can support us that are also fun for the children.

Community Groups: If you are in a community group and would like our Community Engagement Officer to come and talk to your members about our services please get in touch. This is one of the best ways for us to spread the work about our services. If you would like to fundraise for us with a local collection, community coffee morning, quiz night or any other idea you might have please let us know and we will help in any way we can.

As our plans develop for our own Dementia Carers Centre in the Midlands, our Community Engagement Officer will be spreading the word and building relationships with communities in the surrounding area.

If you would like to contact our Community Engagement Officer to find out more about our community engagement work, please contact us:

Fundraising ideas

Fundraise for Dementia Carers Count and Make it Count!

The funds you raise help to give dementia carers the confidence they need to care for the person that really needs them. Our three-day courses cost £650 per person, but we offer them at no cost to the carer. Our service costs around £500,000 per year and this will increase as the number of carers we support continues to rise.

Whether you want to get active or social – there are loads of great ways you can help raise vital funds. Need inspiration? Take a look at our ideas below!

Care for a cuppa?

Have a virtual or a real-life cuppa and catch up with your friends while you raise money to support dementia carers. Roll your sleeves up and get baking – have a theme, baking competition, or a cake sale to take it to the next level. Invite family, friends, neighbours or colleagues to a coffee morning or afternoon tea, either charge per slice of cake, for entry, or just ask for a donation and don’t forget to hold a raffle or prize draw.

Care for a quiz?

Organise a quiz and charge players or teams to participate. If you get stuck on questions – there are loads of free quizzes available online. This is a great opportunity to organise a virtual fundraising event or in person, using your local pub, village hall or school. Make it family-friendly by including questions the children can answer, but maybe the adults will struggle with, or fun challenges like tasting test, limbo dancing and cracker eating, and don’t forget that all-important raffle or prize draw to raise extra funds.

Care to get creative?

Put your cooking skills to good use – make chocolates, fudge or biscuits with the children to be sold to friends and family, or get crafty and put your other talents to the test – hold a plant sale, make jewellery or accessories to sell to friends and family, online or at a local event.

Care to get active?

Sign up for one of the many organised walks, runs, cycles or treks all over the country, or simply do your own. If you’re just getting started, how about taking part in your local Park Run? It’s 5km, but if you want to go further try a 10km run, half marathon, marathon, triathlon or even an Ironman challenge. There are organised events up and down the country, so pick one that’s close to you and get yourself signed up. Alternatively, create your own challenge. How about your own 60-mile cycle or a 15-mile walk over the weekend with friends or family; set a challenge you can complete over a month, sponsor your children or grandchildren to run, walk, cycle or scoot for dementia carers, they could go a mile a day for a week, see how far they can go, you could even do something like this with your school or local group.

Care to skydive?

Completing a skydive for DCC will offer breath-taking views and an exhilarating rush. Organised by the fantastic team at GoSkydive, you will be looked after by a fully qualified instructor and you don’t need any previous experience. This challenge is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. We recommend that you have a fundraising target of £375*. Book your skydive for Dementia Carers Count with GoSkydive today

*participants pay a non-refundable deposit of £50 when booking.

For more information or help to get your event off the ground, please contact our team below.

You can also have a look at our materials below including our fundraising guide and A-Z of fundraising ideas.

Dementia facts & stats

700,000

families in the UK care for people with dementia.

36%

of family carers provide over 100 hours of care per week

£13.9bn

Unpaid carers provide care to a value of £13.9bn per year

Join the community

We are constantly developing and updating our range of remote and online services to ensure that family and friends caring for someone with dementia continue to be well-supported.