Making Change Happen

The Dementia Services Development Trust celebrates over a quarter of a century of making things better for people with dementia and their carers. Starting with research and teaching, the Trust changed the way people think about building design, health and social care policy and improvement in health and social care services. Looking forward, we will support fundamental change in the way people think about this condition

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Making Change Happen

The Dementia Services Development Trust celebrates over a quarter of a century of making things better for people with dementia and their carers. Starting with research and teaching, the Trust changed the way people think about building design, health and social care policy and improvement in health and social care services. Looking forward, we will support fundamental change in the way people think about this condition

Current projects

 

Supporting people with dementia through the arts

People living with dementia can gain a lot from art.  The Trust has produced a clear and simple guide that provides the practical information which will help make sure things run smoothly when...

 

Faith and dementia

People of all Faiths have come together to establish how we can work together to make life easier for people with dementia and their carers as part of the “Reframing Dementia...

 

Atlantic Philanthropies

Twelve established artists in Northern Ireland funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies through the Dementia Services Development Trust have been working to break boundaries and cross borders in...

Latest thinking

Stimulating Thinking – Iris

Iris is a series of thinkpieces launched in 2012 to address the issues that are shaping the future of dementia policy, care and practice.  Originally published on the website of the Dementia Services Development Centre they are now going to be available on this website. Stimulating thinking The Trust is grateful to its sponsors and partners for supporting the...

Dementia and Politics

Throughout 2015 and 2016 the Dementia Festival of Ideas funded by the Trust brought together leading politicians, clinicians, academics, policy specialists and communicators to reflect on the current state and future prospects of dementia and politics.  The wide-ranging discussion threw up some interesting and challenging differences in thinking.   A long extract from this discussion is...

Dementia Festival of Ideas

This was a year long exploration of the most stimulating thinking, writing and discussion on what dementia means in the 21st Century.  This exciting programme had something for everyone, including expert Master Classes, controversial blogs, participative events and on line discussion.  The Trust supported a major conference, a big survey and the development of radical thinking...

News

Honour for Trustee

A Trustee of the DSDT is among those honoured in Her Majesty’s 90th birthday honours list. Bruce Wood, who is the Queen’s solicitor in Scotland is a partner in the Edinburgh office of Morton Fraser and a former chairman of the firm. He was...

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Frank Hitchman

It is with great sadness that the Trust notes the passing of Frank Hitchman. Through his efforts, Frank led to transformation in the lives of many thousands of people with dementia and their carers. Frank Hitchman played an important role in his support of the Trust. He led a group of people who raised around £3 million to create the DSDC building (the Iris Murdoch Building) which was the first dementia friendly public building in the world when it was opened in 2003.  The DSDC has been acknowledged as an international source of evidence based expertise and support for people who live with, or support people who are living with, dementia.  His vision was for something different...

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