The Utley Foundation makes grants across several key areas of interest to the trustees. The foundation is focussed on supporting and creating change in 4 key areas: Music and Dementia, Veterans, Children and International Aid.
The Utley Foundation has been supporting and championing the use of music and music therapy to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia since its inception.
The ILC – UK, funded by The Utley Foundation, conducted a sector wide commission into music and dementia. This brought together the views of over 1500 senior academics, politicians, researchers, practitioners and those affected by dementia.
The findings of the report clarifies the gaps, needs and powerfully strengthens the case for bringing music and dementia further into the public forum.
We are taking the lead by creating a national taskforce made up of stakeholders from across the music and dementia fields to embed music into all dementia care pathways.
Our goal is simple – we want to make music available for everyone living with dementia by 2020.
Find out more about our Music for Dementia 2020 campaign by visiting our website www.musicfordementia2020.com
A newer area of interest for the foundation thus far has been the support and re-adjustment of members of the armed forces as they leave the service.
The foundation has pledged support for established veteran support organisations as well as pursuing exciting new initiatives in this interest area.
The provision of mental health support as well as development of employable skills and movement into meaningful and fulfilling work for veterans has been a key focus for the foundation.
Alongside the other key interests of the trustees, the foundation has maintained widespread support for underprivileged, disabled and ill children.
The foundation aims to support causes that improve the life chances, and choices, of vulnerable children and their families. This commitment has seen the foundation support scholarships, educational initiatives and healthcare for children and it is envisaged that the foundation will continue to support this area in the future.
The foundation is committed to working with projects overseas that aim to improve the lives of under-privileged and poverty-stricken communities, particularly in times of need.
The trustees are particularly focussed on supporting and driving initiatives that aim to improve the rights, education and access to healthcare for children, young people and women.