Thriving Communities Fast Grants, case study – Springboard – £500

Springboard is a Dementia support group for people who have dementia and their Carers. They were successful with their application to create a male calendar in the style of “Calendar Girls”. The idea for the calendar originated at a Springboard meeting when one of the helpers was trying to sell calendars which Housing 21 had produced featuring older women. One of the male attendees jokingly said you should have done a male calendar and they would have sold more calendars.

It was decided that it could be used to promote positive body images and raise money for Springboard and Prostate Cancer UK (some of the attendees have had prostate cancer) they were willing to take part.

In total ten people volunteered to be involved and be photographed for the calendar. All ten were actively involved in the theme, design, and distribution of the calendar. The calendar itself has travelled many miles and has even been sent as far afield as America and Australia. The calendar has been a good conversation starter and has helped to raise awareness of dementia and living positively with dementia as well as the importance of early screening for prostate cancer.

The funds raised from the sale of the calendars has been equally split between Springboard and Prostate Cancer UK.

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