The Smile Foundation is a collaborative charity that works hard to support smaller charities and community projects. Its mission is to champion and enhance local giving to enrich local communities.
It has supported Butterflies for a number of years, not only financially, but with advice and support to move forward in a way which has been beyond us. They have helped us grow into the successful organisation we are now.
Dave Windass is a writer based in Hull.
With his play-writing skills, he has facilitated creative writing workshops for a wide range of organisations. Dave was delighted to work with Butterflies Memory Loss Group in 2014, culminating in the production of e-book Butterflies and Battlefields and looks forward to supporting this vital charity and essential support group in any way he can in the future.
Photographer Jerome Whittingham is particularly interested in helping disadvantaged communities and individuals to develop an influential voice, seeing people achieve their best and supporting community development. Jerome will be leading a ‘citizen journalism’ project at Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group during 2015 and 2016.
This new project will encourage those fighting dementia, as well as their carers and families, to engage with city life and report on their activities, particularly within the arts scene.
The development of a Hull Dementia Academy is an initiative developed in partnership with key organisations across the city to drive up standards of care for people with dementia and their carers.
The academy provides a single point of access for those living and working with people with dementia across the city to receive information, training and promote workforce development.
This is a group of organisations and individuals in both the statutory and voluntary sector, who provide services for the older people of Hull. They meet every month to share their news, updating the group about what’s on in the city for the over 55s.
This is an organisation we work closely with, as signposting our carers to them ensures they are aware of the support they are entitled to.
They also hold a number of memory cafes and singing sessions, and their groups and are a valuable source of information to us and our members.