Between 2014-15 and 2021-22 there have been 894 million concessionary bus trips in Scotland.
As at November 2022, there were 1.5 million concessionary travel card holders in Scotland (figures from Scottish Transport Statistics 2022).
Figures are for single journeys i.e. a return trip would count as two passengers.
Gordon MP Richard Thomson has highlighted a tranche of funding available to support Dementia Action Week.
The McCarthy Stone Foundation, a charitable organisation focused on improving the quality of life for older people has announced that applications for Dementia Action Week 2023 will open on 1 May 2023.
Grants will be available to support intergenerational activities that bring a sense of purpose and energy to older people and those living with dementia while helping reduce loneliness and depression.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“Dementia Action Week is an awareness raising campaign and each year various charities work with individuals and organisations across the UK to encourage people to ‘act on dementia’.
“In 2022, Dementia Action Week encouraged people who are concerned that they or someone they know may be experiencing dementia symptoms to seek further help. Information was provided information on memory loss, advice on talking to the GP, and ways to cope with memory loss. This proved very effective as the Alzheimer’s Society saw a 43% average increase in calls to their dementia support line from those seeking information and support.
“I’m delighted that the McCarthy Stone Foundation have announced the opening of grant applications from the start of next month and I would encourage local charities, schools or community groups looking to do something to support engagement with older people to submit an application.”
Details of the application process may be found at: https://mccarthystonefoundation.org/our-grant-programmes/