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Innovations in Dementia Community Interest Company

Innovations in Dementia is a community interest company. Our work supports people with dementia to keep control of their lives and be happy. We do this by running innovative projects, by providing a training and consultancy service and by influencing how others work with people with dementia. People with dementia are at the heart and start of all our work.

21 November 2018
Local Alliances:
Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA)

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?

We are committed to the NDAA because we believe that in order for people with dementia to enjoy all that life has to offer dementia should be everyones business. The NDAA is the only network which brings together the range of organisations needed to make this happen. We are committed to the NDAA because this is what people with dementia say they want for their lives.

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

We know that people with dementia want better lives and opportunities to be involved now, however changing attitudes can be a slow process. Working with people with dementia to create a better future for others, means we are not always in a position to help people now.

As a small organisation we realise that we need to work harder to have any influence. We do not want to represent people with dementia - we want attitudes to change so that people with dementia are listened to on every level.

We rely on working with like-minded partner organisations - and with funders who have vision.

We have a commitment to involving people throughout their journeys with dementia. Ensuring that the voices of people in the latter stages of dementia are heard presents specific challenges for our organisation, people with dementia themselves and people who we want to influence.

2. Actions

  • Commitment 3 - Care

    All of our work is focused on supporting people to have a say in decisions that affect their lives.

    We will do this by continuing to focus on our five key areas of work - Rights, Accessibility, Dementia Voices, Belonging, and Recovery and Discovery.

    Initial Scoping
  • Commitment 2 - Community/Isolation

    Through our Getting Along programme we will continue to develop ways of supporting couples to manage the changes that dementia brings to their relationships.

    We will do this by continuing to provide training to organisations that want to roll out Getting Along programmes and approaches in their areas.

  • Commitment 1 - Independence/Interdependence/Dependence

    Through our work with the DEEP network we will continue to find ways for people with dementia to have an impact on decisions within their local communities.

    We will do this by bringing opportunities for influence to the attention of local groups and supporting them in taking the necessary actions