A festive thank you!

As the festive period is well and truly upon us and another year draws to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect briefly on our journey over the last twelve months and to thank everyone who has worked with and for the Trust – helping to make it such a successful and rewarding 2015.

Our Annual Review for 2014-15 – which you can find here – highlights what we have already funded and our future funding plans. I hope you share my view that it’s inspiring to read about the benefits already achieved for care experienced young people and people affected by dementia through our funding to date – for example, our two individual award pilot schemes. I also hope you feel as excited as we do about the potential benefits our active and planned future funding awards will bring to our beneficiaries in the years ahead.

We held our first National stakeholder event, in November 2015. The event was called “Connect, Build, Transform” because the Trust believes it is only when we really listen to what people affected by dementia and care experienced young people want and need and empower them to connect and work with others to achieve positive change – that their lives be truly transformed for the better.

The Trust has now been active for two and a half years and, as this year closes, I think we have made good progress on our journey to becoming an effective funder – enabling those we fund to improve the quality of life and well-being of people affected by dementia and care experienced young people across Scotland.

Warmest wishes for a happy and peaceful festive period, and my heartfelt thanks for helping to make 2015 a better year for so many.

Maddy Halliday
Life Changes Trust

Welcome to the Life Changes Trust inaugural blog

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Hello and welcome to the Life Changes Trust inaugural blog post!

I can hardly believe that it’s just over two years since I first stepped through the doors of the Trust’s new office in June 2013 – as its first employee! Trustees, staff and our voluntary advisors have worked very hard since then to set up an effective organisation and operation to allow us to deliver our mission effectively: driving transformational and sustainable improvements in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of care experienced young people and people affected by dementia.

The Trust is a strategic and engaged funder, committed to working with others to achieve our mission.  We developed the Trust’s strategy and are developing our funding plans by consulting widely and working with a key individuals and organisations, including our beneficiaries. Our beneficiaries are central to our work – we listen to what they have to say and use their knowledge and expertise to guide all that we do.

And now here we are in September 2015 – with several funding initiatives complete and showing real benefits, with many more funding initiatives underway and still more in the pipeline. We are very excited about progress to date and our future plans. We are optimistic that by investing wisely and working well with others, the Trust’s funding can, over time, make a significant contribution to improving the lives of our beneficiaries.

I hope you will follow the work of the Trust and also work with us when possible. You can get our latest news on our website, through social media or by signing up to our e-bulletin, details of which are all below. From now on, Trust staff, Trustees and voluntary advisors will be blogging regularly, so you will get the chance to hear from them directly.

We would also love to hear your views, so please feel free to leave a comment.  Until next time!

Maddy Halliday, CEO, Life Changes Trust

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