Many people living with dementia are unable to access support until their disease reaches a critical stage. By which time they may not be able to make decisions about their future, and the care they would like. In 2014, with the support from the Lloyds Bank Foundation, local welfare rights charity Swan Advocacy, piloted a new Dementia Advocacy Service in Wiltshire. However when the funding came to an end in September 2015, Swan faced the daunting prospect of having to close the service. Generous donations from individuals and groups in the Wiltshire community enabled the project to continue and now, thanks to a grant of nearly £400,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, this valuable service will not only be able to continue for the next three years, but will also expand into Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset. The Dementia Advocacy Service will work with people with memory loss and in the early stages of dementia to create a ‘Living well plan’. The service will also support people in the later stages of their illness to ensure their views and wishes are acted upon – keeping them in control when they are no longer in a position to express their wishes. Contact Swan Advocacy on 01722 341851 for more information.