Our evaluation provided the Life Changes Trust with an understanding of the impact of the pilot project on people living with dementia, unpaid carers and the wider service landscape.
Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, The Life Changes Trust was established in 2013 with the aim to improve the lives of young people with experience of being in care, people living with dementia and unpaid carers. In January 2017 the Life Changes Trust funded a three-year pilot project to protect people affected by dementia from financial scams (the Scams Project).
We began research with a review of the monitoring and evaluation data collected by the Life Changes Trust and the three local authorities. We then conducted 21 group and individual interviews with LCT staff alongside interviews with 17 beneficiaries. 24 semi-structures interviews were carried out with key stakeholders, ranging from NHS Health and Care Partnerships (HSPC) to Police Scotland.
We presented LCT with the relevant evidence to assess whether they had a positive impact on the safety and wellbeing of their service-users. Based on our findings, we recommended that the project be rolled out on a wider scale across Scotland. We were also able to provide insights into the efficacy of the project in improve service-user safety and wellbeing in terms of scam prevention and identifies other vulnerable groups who may benefit from the service once rolled out on a wider scale.