There’s more than one way to bake a cake! 

A Local Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA) is a commonly used structure in developing a Dementia Friendly Community, however, with LDAAs representing counties, cities, towns and villages, what might work in one area, may not in another.

As each LDAA is as unique as the community it serves we should share what works to encourage the growth of many more Dementia Friendly Communities.

If you have any good tips and examples to share, please email your stories to dementiafriendlycomm@alzheimers.org.uk.

Steps to setting up a Local DAA

  1. Form a steering group and arrange your first meeting
  2. Nominate a lead/chair and someone to organise the group
  3. Involve people affected by dementia and gain their views and experiences to guide your work
  4. Look at the Foundation Criteria to become recognised as 'working to become a Dementia Friendly Community'
  5. Establish an action plan - decide who you want to encourage to sign up, and how you will raise awareness and inspire action

Top Tips for making a LDAA work

  1. You need an enthusiastic group of people with a passion for change
  2. Share the work equally among steering group members
  3. Attend regional Network Meetings held by your local Dementia Friendly Communities (DFC) Officer to meet other DFC leads and learn from each other
  4. Don't have too many goals - concentrate on one or two and make small steps towards progress
  5. Plan something for Dementia Awareness Week in May
  6. Engage with people affected by dementia from the start and focus on their priorities
  7. Utilise Alzheimer's Society's resources and guides
  8. Look out for Dementia Friendly Communities Workshops and webinars delivered by your local DFC Officer
  9. Make sure you share what you are doing - set up a social media page or build links with your local newspaper
  10. Have fun! Don't let your steering group meetings get too formal