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Merseyside Dementia Friendly Radio

We create and distribute dementia friendly content for the benefit of those living in the Merseyside area whose lives are affected by dementia.

21 May 2020
North West
Arts, Community organisations, Other
Local Alliances:
Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance , St Helens Dementia Action Alliance , Sefton DAA, Wirral DAA

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Some of the ways in which our station would address the five ‘we’ statements are: Independence/Interdependence/Dependence We include people living with dementia and their carers in all aspects of content creation and in the running of the station itself. We do this by consulting with carers and cared-for via surveys, focus groups, content creation workshops and face-to-face informal chatting. We also invite those living with dementia and carers to curate programming, present shows, conduct interviews and get involved with technical aspects of recording and broadcasting. This gives a sense of agency to those that stand to benefit from our station and also gives them a platform from which to dispel myths and combat stigma related to the condition. Community/Isolation The station will broadcast regularly updated information regarding dementia friendly & dementia related events, social groups and meetings etc. The aims of this are to increase awareness of social events, to encourage participation in them and to serve as a regular reminder for those that may have memory issues. For those that may be less able or willing to participate in the social events, we will serve as a form of companionship. We will do this by using music and features both as a reminiscence resource and as mood management. Eventually, we aim to set up a ‘phone-in’ feature whereby listeners may phone in for a chat on air, but rather than callers being ‘cut-off’ after a short while, their calls can be passed on to one of our volunteers who will chat to the callers for as long as they wish, thus creating a kind of ‘chat line’. Carers Although we will not be directly providing care to those with dementia, we will provide a platform from which people with dementia, carers and those working in the industry can discuss issues related to care, ensuring that they are included in the conversation. Care We will provide education through broadcasting information from experts in their fields (ie rare forms of dementia, developments in care etc) and will signpost to organisations providing support, services and training. Research We invite those who are conducting cutting edge dementia-related research to discuss their research and findings on-air. This provides a platform from which researchers can disseminate information to those affected by the condition. This information might otherwise go relatively unnoticed when solely published amongst academic circles or used as an occasional sound bite for commercial media. This content will also be made available as podcasts, making it accessible at any time.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Most of our challenges are staff and funding based. We would also need some basic dementia training for any volunteers and other staff.

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2. Actions

  • Provide self-care reminders to those living with dementia.

    We plan to broadcast regular spoken reminders to our listeners that will prompt them to remember to eat food and drink fluids throughout the day. These will be scripted, delivered, recorded and broadcast in ways that are as dementia friendly as possible i.e. scripted & spoken very clearly yet in a friendly manner, recorded and broadcast in as high a quality as possible to help avoid potentially distressing or confusing audio artefacts.

  • Signpost to other dementia related organisations, groups and services.

    We will provide signposting to local, national and international dementia-related organisations, groups, services and events. We will do this in a a few different ways: Interviews with organisers/participants Short, documentary-style features that go deeper in to what the organisation/group/service/event involves, including 'on-location' recordings when appropriate. Sharing info and links regarding the organisation, group, service or event on our social media pages. All of this will be created and presented in as a dementia friendly way as possible.
    Being implemented
  • Including those with dementia and carers in the creation of content for our station.

    We encourage and facilitate those with dementia to create playlists and to take part in recorded interviews and discussions. This benefits both the participants and the station itself as it creates new and valid content for the station whilst fostering a sense of agency and belonging in those that are participating.
    Being implemented