Careship Coorong to receive $9000 for dementia program

Getting outdoors: Dean Elliot, Richard Peddler, Pat Jacobs and Val Lewis take part in one of Careship Coorong's programs.

Getting outdoors: Dean Elliot, Richard Peddler, Pat Jacobs and Val Lewis take part in one of Careship Coorong's programs.

A Coorong organisation has received a $9000 grant from Australia Post in their quest to support people who are in need.

Careship Coorong has been granted funding towards its Silver Trail project which supports people living with dementia.

The Silver Trail provides supported activities on a social care farm which increases the well-being and self-esteem of participants and supports inclusive community activities.

Careship Coorong chairperson Claudia Ait-Touati said the funding cemented social care farming as an alternative care option for people with dementia in Australia.

"It enables those who are living with dementia to reconnect with their community and to be active members of that community," she said.

"The project engages the whole of the community which breaks down barriers for people with dementia as well as encourages understanding of dementia in the community.

"Self-esteem, confidence and social support networks of all participants increase as a result of this intergenerational project".

Australia Post head of community Nicky Tracey said the grants were aimed at assisting groups which are best positioned to address local needs.

"Each recipient organisation embodies the aim of the program which is to provide targeted support for what matters most to local communities," she said.

Australia Post has shared $500,000 in grants across 75 not-for-profit programs across Australia, specifically for grassroots projects.