Greater Manchester: In January Andrew and Sarah travelled to Bulgaria under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to collect a European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia Award in Sofia. We joined 11 other awardees recognised for work that values the voice of people living with dementia. The awards evening took place following a series of workshops with people and organisations seeking to improve the lives of people living with dementia across Europe. We have also been successful in gaining additional funding from the ESRC to support our programme of dissemination work, including the development of creative outputs under the guidance of a team of people living with dementia and their carers who participated in the earlier stages of the research.
Linkoping (Sweden): Our team based at Linkoping University has also made great strides in securing funding to set in motion the first dementia friendly community for Sweden. The team are collaborating with local service providers and people with dementia to plan and set up this initiative over the course of the next 3 years. They’ve also delivered a series of conference papers including a paper to the 32nd International Conference of Alzheimer`s Disease International, 26-29 April 2017, Kyoto, Japan.
Stirling: A lot has happened here at Stirling since our last update. The project team collaborated with the other fieldsites on writing our first academic paper reporting initial findings for a special edition on ‘Social Health’ published by International Psychogeriatrics. The paper is Open Access and you can find a link here
Another achievement for the team has been the award of funding to carry out a community-development project informed by our research in collaboration with local organisations and people living with dementia. The ‘Our Connected Neighbourhood’ project is funded by the Life Changes Trust and will run for 3 years. Having designed the project using our research findings we will pilot an approach to dementia friendly community development in the Stirling North area before rolling it out on a larger scale across the Forth Valley region.
We are now about to enter our final year of WP4 and cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. There is still much to be done. Currently we are busy analysing our data and have a series of publications planned to come out of this. The WP4 team have also been commissioned by Policy Press to produce a book on the theme of neighbourhoods and dementia. Watch this space!