Letter from the Chair

Following the Spring meeting of the Trust.

The Trust in our spring meeting in March has been considering what lies at the core of what we do.  Of course, we raise money to ensure best practice in the care of those with dementia and their carers, but we also aim to initiate change and reframing of the public understanding of dementia.

News from the chair

As a new initiaitve, a news item will appear on the website after the quarterly meeting of the trustees.  Here is the news from the December meeting from Dr. Ken Logue.

Seasons’ greetings to our supporters and followers!  

The Trustees met early in December.  A major...

DSDT Disruption Awards

The Trust is calling for proposals for projects that will generate new thinking about dementia. We have been supporting improvements for people dementia and their carers for over thirty years.  In 2012, the European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) held a workshop entitled 'Reframing Dementia' in Dundalk in Ireland. This focussed on how to develop and promote new perspectives in...

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Angus Mitchell obituary

The Trust was sad to hear of the passing of one of our founder trustees, Dr Angus Mitchell CB, CVO, MC, at the end of February. Angus was a war hero, and a distinguished senior civil servant, and continued to work for others throughout his life. His obituary in the Scotsman describes a long and illustrious career. Angus was very supportive as...

DSDT looking for new Trustees

The Dementia Services Development Trust (DSDT) is looking for new Trustees. The DSDT has been supporting improvements for people with dementia and their carers for almost 30 years.  We want Trustees with skills in consensus building, governance, partnership working, who also have energy and enthusiasm to donate to our cause. The Trust meets four times each year and Trustees make some commitments between each meeting, for example taking part in networking and fundraising...

A guide on church design

There have been great advances in the evidence base of design for people with dementia. This allows excellent guidance to be drafted out for people commissioning new buildings. Older buildings can be a great challenge, particularly if there are awkward design features that users of the building are very attached to. A good example of this is church architecture. Many older people attend churches which are old and beautiful, but may be difficult to navigate if you have sensory challenges. On...

Kiltwalk Dundee

The Trust is very grateful to all the people who have raised funds for our work over the years.  Last year Pauline Cumming did the Kiltwalk Dundee for the Trust. She says “Well the Kiltwalk itself went very well on Sunday and we were blessed with a glorious day. My friend and I completed our 11 miles in a little over 3.5 hours.  My fundraising total is currently at £220 pounds … The even better news is that The Hunter Foundation will add 40% to however much I can raise...

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...

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 appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO). His appointment to the Queen is a personal one.