Dementia Action Alliance Newsletter October

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This month we have updates on our team, the annual report, member’s achievements and upcoming events

Welcome to the October edition of the National Dementia Action Alliance newsletter featuring new updates from our team in terms of a new starter and more details on our requests for submissions for our Annual Report 2019. We’ve also got news of new projects and funding for NDAA members the University of Worcester and Innovations in Dementia plus updates from Housing LINLilly UK and the National Care Forum. We’re also featuring upcoming events including the Dementia Care Awards and a launch by Dementia Carers Count. We hope you enjoy the update and as always, if you have news to share let us know and we can look to feature it in future editions.

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New team member at the NDAA plus time for annual report submissions


We’re delighted to announce a new starter at the NDAA as Sarah More has joined us as Engagement Officer. Sarah may already be known to some members as she has previously worked for the Alzheimer’s Society initially focusing on programme delivery for Dementia Friends in England and Wales and most recently supporting the Global Dementia Friends Network. Read more on our team page.

Sarah will be leading on collecting the member submissions for our Annual Report 2019 and sent out emails detailing this last week. This year we’re collecting examples of our member’s achievements this year as well as your updated Action Plan for 2019. If you haven’t filled that in yet you can contact us at or click below to fill out the survey.

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University of Worcester undertakes Dementia Meeting Centre Project


The University of Worcester has been awarded a major grant from the National Lottery to support people and families living with dementia across the UK. The University’s Association for Dementia Studies has been awarded a £587,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK towards its Meeting Centres Support Programme. Over the next three years, the funding will support communities across the UK to establish Meeting Centres for people and families affected by dementia.

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5 minutes with Sharon Blackburn from National Care Forum


We spoke to Sharon Blackburn who is the Policy & Communications Director at NDAA member the National Care Forum on the work they are carrying out, what that is focussed on and our own Dementia-Friendly Hospitals campaign. NCF members are not-for-profit organisations in the care and support sector. NCF currently has over 100 member organisations providing a wide range of quality care and support services. These include home care, residential and nursing care in care homes, housing such as supported living, extra-care and retirement living communities. Care services also include day care, intermediate care, outreach care and specialist provisions for adults receiving advice.

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Housing LIN and the Challenge on Dementia 2020


The DAA are aiming to shine a spotlight on the Challenge on Dementia 2020 as we want to help the Department of Health and Social Care implement this important piece of work. The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) gave us an update on the work they have been carrying out. Housing LIN is a sophisticated network bringing together housing, health and social care professionals in England and Wales to exemplify innovative housing solutions for an ageing population. They are focused on raising the profile about the housing and care needs and aspirations of those living with dementia, their friends, families and carers as well as older people more widely together with people with disabilities.

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NDAA member Innovations in Dementia awarded grant by Big Lottery Fund


NDAA member Innovations in Dementia has been awarded over £700,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. This is for a 3.5 year project called Dementia Enquirers, linked to DEEP – the UK network of dementia voices. Dementia Enquirers will support up to 20 DEEP groups to conduct their own small-scale research projects. Many groups have been involved in research studies carried out by universities. However, this project will give people with dementia a chance to lead, and be in control, of their own research – on issues that are important to them.

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Save the date and join us at the UK Dementia Congress in Brighton

There is now less than a month until the 13th annual UK Dementia Congress which will take place at the Brighton Hilton Metropole from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 November. Have you booked your place? The NDAA will again be hosting our own stream on Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals on the Thursday. Members can get 15% off the registration fee by quoting the code UKDCDAA and using the link To download the brochure click below.

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Dementia Statements: Lilly UK

Lilly UK
 have a selection of updated actions. One of these relates to support through education and is based on the following Dementia Statement:

“We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future.”

The updated actions is:

“Lilly provides support to dementia patients, carers and healthcare professionals through education. Lilly UK has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society for the past 8 years, including supporting the national ‘Worried About your Memory’ campaign, and supporting the National Dementia Helpline, raising awareness of symptoms and reducing the stigma associated with dementia. Lilly UK also supports Alzheimer’s Research UK. We will continue to engage with key national advocacy groups to support awareness-raising and education activities.”

See this action as well as other updated actions from Lilly UK by clicking below

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Other DAA news – click for details

The nominations are in for the National Dementia Care Awards, congratulations to all our members on the list and good luck!

Kelly Kaye will be speaking at Housing & Care 21’s Dementia, woods and walking conference

Dementia Carers Count are hosting a launch event on 18 October in London

The VCSE Health & Wellbeing Alliance have published a new report on Dementia & BAME Communities which was produced by The Race Equality Foundation

The Care Quality Commission have launched their annual State of Care report

Want to submit your own stories for the newsletter? We’d love to hear from you, click below to contact us.

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