FINANCE: Crawley is set to become a “dementia friendly town” after securing national funding of £125,000.

The national grant, from the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge Fund, will be used to improve services and support available for people with dementia and their carers in the town.

There are currently around 1,200 people living in Crawley who have been diagnosed with dementia. The number of people with the condition is rising faster in West Sussex, compared to the national average due to its older population.

Laura Hill, project lead at Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We have been working hard over the last year to bring together organisations and partners from across the town to agree how we can do more for people with dementia and their carers, and this is a crucial step forward.”

The next step will now to bring all partners – including Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, the CCG and the Crawley Dementia Alliance – together to agree how this money can be used to support existing and new projects.