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Help us improve our awareness of dementia

21 May 2015

In this blog, Beth Bell of the Big Lottery Fund explains why we need your help to improve our awareness of this disease.  This blog was first posted during Dementia Awareness Week.

Caring-for-Carers006We know lots of community and voluntary organisations across the UK are doing great work to support people living with dementia. Since 2006 the Fund has supported large and small projects across the UK that aim to improve the lives of people with dementia, their carers, family and friends.

For example, we have supported the Alzheimer’s Society’s work with people with dementia and their carers through setting up dementia cafes across Northern Ireland. In Wales, we funded ACE Cardiff to improving communication between people with dementia and their carers by training them in sign language. The Life Changes Trust will benefit people with dementia and their carers in Scotland and in England, we are supporting Memory Joggers in Great Yarmouth to train care staff to run reminiscence workshops for people with dementia.

We are keen to champion and learn from all of this work. We would love to hear from you about the best ways to support people living with dementia and how we can support projects working in this area. The expertise you can share with us will help us make well informed decisions about funding dementia related projects. This leads me to ask the following questions:

  1. Can you share some examples of great work being done to support people living with dementia, by projects large or small?
  2. Which models or types of projects respond best to local and regional differences across the UK?
  3. How can we successfully involve people affected by dementia so their experiences and expertise shape projects and services?
  4. What data is there that would help us understand what works, and what doesn’t?
  5. If you could do one thing to make a real difference for people living with dementia, what would it be?
  6. If you had £10k, £100k or £1m to help bring about change for people living with dementia, what would you do?

I’d love to hear your answers to any or all of these questions, or to hear what questions you would add to the list. To share your thoughts, please respond to our survey or visit our Later Life group and join in on the discussion forum, by Monday 3rd August.

If you prefer, you can also email us at beth.bell@biglotteryfund.org.uk  We’d love to be able to publish some of your email responses later so that we can share what we have learnt from you. Please add ‘permission to share’ to your email if you are happy for us to do so.

We look forward to hearing from you!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland permalink
    26 May 2015 2:37 pm

    Reblogged this on The Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland Blog and commented:
    We are looking for views about the best ways to support people living with dementia, and how we can support projects working in this area. Please get in touch if you have any questions, answers, thoughts, ideas.

  2. 3 August 2016 12:54 pm

    It’s rather a shame that a lot of people do not see that this is a problem the country is facing and are in need of specialist care.

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