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Treasure Project

The Trust is delighted to announce that the Treasure Project has been awarded a grant to develop two online resources with Dr Edel Roddy and Dr Belinda Dewar under the Trust’s scheme to disrupt thinking about dementia. We expect the project to start as soon as Covid restrictions allow and be completed within six months. This is a collaboration of My Home Life International and Hearts and Minds. This project will use insights from the work of Elderflowers, to creatively awaken curiosity...

Rare Dementias

Dr Chris Hardy of the Institute of Neurology at Queen Square in London has been awarded a grant to redefine “expertise” in rare dementia. The plan is to record fifteen conversations between disease and or care experts and people with lived experience of a rare dementia. Experts will vary in terms of background, type of expertise and specific dementia. There are some new ways of working now that we are all affected by the response to Covid. The project has already spoken to several people...

3Wheelin’; Fun, Friendships, Freedom

Headed by Dr Julie Christie, this project will explore shared experiences between people living with dementia and children with special needs in Belfast. People living with dementia in care homes have a lot to offer to others in society. The aim is to emphasise what people living with dementia can do to improve the lives of children with additional support needs. One partner is Towell House, a registered charity, provides accommodation, care and support for up to 80 residents, many of...

Reframing Dementia

Reframing Dementia is a collaborative audiovisual project between documentary photographer, Keith Lloyd Davenport, and composer, Shona Mackay. Their project will see them documenting the experiences of people with dementia through photography and sound, culminating in an exhibition in Kirriemuir. The first stages of the project will involve a weekly camera club, where Keith will provide guidance on basic camera techniques, encouraging participants to explore photography as a means of...

Drawing from Experience

Drawing from Experience is a project about how to help people involved in the transport world to better understand and improve the experience of people with dementia who are travelling. It is led by Andy Hyde from Go Upstream, an organisation that is already funded by the Life Changes Trust and the European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia. Go Upstream works with people affected by dementia on a range of issues to do with transport. This new idea is that students from the University of...

Daytime Dancehall – University of Atypical

Daytime Dancehall is a project funded by the Trust from a proposal from Chris Ledger from the “University of Atypical”. This is an organisation established in Northern Ireland for 25 years, led by people with a disability. Chris has taken part in previous Trust funded events, including a residential weekend at the end of the Atlantic Philanthropies project in Northern Ireland (evaluated on the Trust website) where she influenced our thinking in the debate about the way forward. This...

Dementia Friendly Outdoor Spaces

Paths for All is an organisation with a proven track record in the development of best practice guidance documents for those involved within the outdoor access sector. The idea of this project is to develop a dementia friendly area on their national path demonstration site at Oatridge Agricultural College in West Lothian, Scotland. This will be used to illustrate how we can make our outdoor spaces more inclusive for people living with dementia including students at the college, outdoor...

Digital Dementia Game

Digital Dementia Game is a new project funded by the Trust and is a partnership project between Queen’s University, Belfast, Dementia NI and Focus Games. The project team includes Professor Christine Brown Wilson, Dr Gary Mitchell (previously an Admiral nurse) and Dr Gillian Carter. The project team have experience of health care education, developing technology for health and patient and public involvement in research and a track record of delivery and management of projects. The Trust...