First International Arts and Dementia Conference

On Friday 10 March 2017, Lesley Calvert (co-researcher from Open Doors), Cathy Riley (Open Doors Manager) and Caroline presented at the First International Arts and Dementia Conference in London. Our presentation outlined ‘The Changing Faces of Our Neighbourhoods’ project, which was designed and is being undertaken by Open Doors research group members. We are scheduled to start filming on 3 and 5 April 2017. Lesley delivered a fantastic presentation on the cultural heritage of Salford and growing up in the era of regeneration, whilst Cathy talked about how the project came into fruition and the wider Open Doors Network. Caroline concluded the presentation with some personal reflections – it’s a blessing and a privilege!

Work Programme 1: Impact and Outputs, Dec 2016


We have had our first co-produced paper published by the Dementia journal (available at online first). Alongside Open Doors, the Scottish Dementia Working Group and EDUCATE, our CO-research INvolement and Engagement in Dementia (COINED) Model outlines ways in which people living with dementia have identified that they want to be involved in research as ‘co-researchers’.


Anne MacDonald, Carol Hargreaves (Scottish Dementia Working Group) and Caroline Swarbrick presented at the British Society of Gerontology at the University of Stirling on 7 July 2016. The presentation was titled ‘Researching together: involving people living with dementia as co-researchers’.

Caroline Swarbrick and Katie Davis (PhD student) presented at the bi-annual AgeNet event (University of Herfordshire).  Our presentation outlined the Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study with a focus on Work Programme 1.

Caroline Swarbrick presented the COINED Model at the ‘Life with Dementia’ conference at Linkoping University, Norrkoping, Sweden.

Abstracts accepted:

Open Doors, Caroline Swarbrick and Beena Khetani have had an abstract accepted for the First International Research Conference on the Arts and Dementia to be held in London on 9-10 March 2017.

Guest Editor invitation:

Caroline Swarbrick and the Scottish Dementia Working Group are guest editors of the 2019 Special Edition of the Dementia Journal.

Establishing Salford Inspire:

In March 2016, Dr Joy Watson (Facilitator) and Emma Smith (Development Worker) were appointed to set up Salford Inspire, which is funded by the Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study (ESRC/NIHR) and managed locally by Age UK, Salford. Joy has a diagnosis of dementia and leads information giving sessions across Salford’s eight neighbourhoods. Joy and Emma are currently developing an intergenerational campaign to be rolled out in early 2017.