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Grant Funding 2022 

Do you have an unusual or novel idea which disrupts the typical thinking about dementia?  Would an award of up to £10,000 help you put your idea in action?

 After funding eight...

The Power of Power of Attorney

New film by DSDT "The Power of Power of Attorney" is out now - you can watch below:

Take Me With You

The story of the story

Film launched at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in September 2020. This story is largely a tribute to the work of the people who work in and who manage care homes. During this crisis they have had to face unbelievable difficulties which they have done with intelligence and good grace, even if exhausted and upset. They have watched and felt ignored while the NHS was applauded. They have managed unexpected pressures and taken them in...

We Need to Talk About Dementia

In this short film we meet a woman who has moved to a new apartment, after her husband has gone to live in a care home. She’s having a spare room redecorated. The friendly painter who is doing the work asks her about what’s been happening. She explains how her husband was diagnosed with dementia and they had to sell their house to pay for his care. As the story unfolds, experts provide background information on some of the issues that arise. Don’t have time to watch the whole film?...

Pat: End of life Drawings by Norman Gilbert

This is a very special book of drawings edited by the artist Mark Gilbert. The drawings were made by Mark’s father the Scottish painter Norman Gilbert.  Mark has worked as artist in residence at the Royal London Hospital in England, where he worked on portraits of patients undergoing maxillofacial surgery.    His PhD research focussed on the relationship between the humanities and medicine. This book is a further reflection on this...

DSDT Activity Report

The Trust is pleased to present our Activity Report. Please contact us for updates on individual projects. Click here to download the report.

Disruption Awards 2019

The Trust is pleased to reveal the projects resulting from the 2019 Disruption Awards. The Trust awarded grants to five projects, with the objective of generating new thinking around dementia. At the heart of the awards is an attempt to improve the public understanding of dementia in order to make change happen. This is also at the heart of the Dementia Services Development Trust. Please watch the video below to find out more about the projects.

 

Private: Launching Tuesday 5 March

We Need to Talk About Dementia is a short film from the Dementia Services Development Trust about the challenges of being diagnosed with dementia. Co-written and directed by Stuart Davids and Neil Leiper, starring River City actors Barbara Rafferty and Stephen Purdon. Visit this page tomorrow to view the film plus additional footage featuring expert advice.      

Reprinting of the Guide to Supporting People with Dementia in the local church

The Trust is pleased to report that due to popular demand, there has been a reprint of this resource published for churches who want to support people with dementia and their carers. The numbers of people with dementia in our communities are increasing. As a result, many families are struggling to cope. People of all faiths follow teaching that respects older people. People have said that respecting our elders is easy when they are active, engaged members of a parish. But what be done...

Disruption Awards 2018

The Trust is pleased to announce five awards were made after receiving a very large number of proposals last year.  Most of the projects will run for the first half of 2019.  The Trustees were extremely impressed with the wide range of ideas put forward, and the decision was difficult.  However, the successful awards have been made to five projects that indicate new thinking in this area.  Even though the idea of intergenerational work, dance, photography, graphic illustration and...

Dementia – the Radical Agenda

The DSDT has been working in Northern Ireland for ten years, and in this film Professor June Andrews and Mark Butler spend time in Belfast talking about what has happened so far, and what still needs to happen. The policies that have sustained dementia that have brought us to this place show that dementia was high on the old agenda for at least a decade. Particularly in Northern Ireland where funding has been so generous that, as you will see in the film, it was not even possible to spend...

Disruption Awards, 2018 call for proposals

The Dementia Services Development Trust (DSDT) is calling for proposals for short projects that will generate new thinking about dementia. There is a public perception of dementia as an aggressive and merciless illness. It has been described as “the never-ending funeral”. Very often media coverage reinforces this extremely unhelpful perception by publishing messages of hope about “cures” that...

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 artists work with people with dementia and their families.  Nurses and care assistants working care home settings and hospital settings are often excited to be involved with art projects, but they may not have the experience or knowledge to make sure that the process is safe and well managed. The...

Raising awareness internationally

An international conference addressed by Baroness Joan Bakewell exploring global dimensions of dementia took place in Birmingham in October 2015 as part of the Dementia Festical of Ideas. The conference ran at The Vox, Birmingham on November 3rd and 4th 2015 with participation across the board from those involved in supporting people with dementia and their carers, both in the UK and internationally.  It ran concurrently with the Care Show 2015, the largest health and social care...

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 Project”. Dementia mainly affects old people towards the end of life. Caring for this generation is increasingly difficult because of the rising cost of private or state care and the ageing population.  More and more old people are now and will be dependent on families and communities to support...

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 dementia thinking.  The term “Reframing” is taken from research that was undertaken at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuvin, Belgium.   The research showed that there is a public perception of dementia which is reinforced by the media, giving rise to unhelpful responses where people feel insecure...