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 attending to transport needs are not completely new, the Trustees really enjoyed the new twist that was given by the fresh approach of these projects. We look forward to displaying the results!
Daytime Dancehall is a new 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 a previous Trust funded event, a residential weekend at the end of the Atlantic Philanthropies project in Northern Ireland where she influenced our thinking in the debate. This proposal is for an intergenerational dance experience. Dancers/dance facilitators and young physical theatre performers will learn and then prompt social dances that will stimulate muscle memory, build and retain friendships and give everyone involved a good time. A plus factor for this programme is that the dancers and performers will learn about dementia and gain experience that they can take forward into other projects or in their professional lives. The social dances themselves will be experimental as well as being fun for the people with dementia and their carers who attend. One benefit of the project would be to underscore the legacy of the Atlantic Philanthropy project in Northern Ireland, and remind people of the role of the Dementia Trust in delivering work over the last ten years. Images of these events will be captured for the Trust website so look out for more news!
Digital Dementia Game is a new project funded by the Trust from ideas from Professor Christine Brown Wilson, of the Queen’s University, Belfast. Christine has a track record of delivery and management of projects. This proposal is to devise a digital game that will challenge the way people think about dementia. We think this is a first. The legacy is that it can be used for education. A plus factor is that there is strong representation on the delivery team of people with dementia and their caregivers. The professionals involved have experience of health care education, developing technology for health and patient and public involvement in research. Those involved include a dementia nurse who received recognition at a conference organised by the University of Stirling in the past (Dr Gary Mitchell). One benefit of the project would be to underscore the legacy of the Atlantic Philanthropy project in Northern Ireland, and remind people of the role of the Dementia Trust in delivering work over the last ten years. Images of these events will be captured for the Trust website so look out for more news!
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 Glasgow. 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 documenting their day-to-day lives in whichever way they see fit. Shona will create a corresponding sonic element which will include sound recordings made from conversations with participants, focusing on the personal narrative therein. There are early benefits from taking this camera/conversation club approach, including socialisation, companionship and engagement. The final exhibition in Glasgow will include images taken by participants and portraits of the participants taken by Keith, alongside Shona’s soundtrack which will highlight the participants’ personal narrative and journey. The participants and their caregivers will be involved in the launch of the exhibition, which will also be captured for the Dementia Trust website, so please do look out for more news and exhibition dates!
Paths for All is a project from Carl Greenwood who directs an organisation with a proven track record in the development of best practice guidance documents for those involved within the outdoor access sector. These documents are made available for download, free of charge, and have been developed in partnership with statutory agencies such as Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland – with single documents often being viewed and/or downloaded 100K+ times each year. The idea of this project funded by the Dementia Trust is to develop a dementia friendly area on one of their popular walks at Oatridge College in West Lothian, Scotland and use that as the stimulus for an educational launch event, an on-line resource, and a stage on the walking path that is used by people on courses at Oatridge, which includes people who manage rural landscapes. The specific design proposal has been created by a Stirling Dementia Centre associate architect. Let us know if you wish to be involved in the educational launch event, and the images and design ideas will be displayed on the Trust website. Paths for All is otherwise funded by the Life Changes Trust to support improved walking opportunities for people with dementia and their carers. So building on success!
Drawing from Experience is a project from Andy Hyde from Upstream, who has already succeeded in raising funding from the Life Changes Trust and the European Foundations in Dementia to work with people affected by dementia on issues to do with transport. His new idea is that, further to discussion with colleagues at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at Dundee, where there is a Masters’ programme in graphics, there might be a role for comics or graphic novels to disseminate information about the needs of people with dementia when travelling. This is persuasive given the audience – ie bus drivers, taxi drivers, members of the public etc. Getting ideas on welfare issues to people who don’t have the time to read a lot is a challenge. It’s a proof of concept to test the potential for graphic illustration to convey the transport needs of people with dementia, based on their views. The launch will be at an educational event. And we hope the graphic novel could be displayed and downloaded from the Trust website. Look out for the launch later in the year!