ADS news, events and vacancies

The latest news, events, blogs and vacancies from the Association for Dementia Studies.




Major National Lottery grant awarded by the Big Lottery Fund

The Association for Dementia Studies has been awarded a National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The project will run from 1st Sept 2018 to 31st August 2021. The aim is to help establish new Meeting Centres in different parts of the UK to work with their communities to support people and families directly affected by dementia.

This funding will enable us to build real capacity across the UK so that Meeting Centres can form a backbone of community-based active support to people and families across the country. By working together with early adopters in their communities and with national influencers, UK MCSP will attain the national visibility, momentum and traction to bring future generations of Meeting Centres on board.

ADS was a co-investigator on a successful research project, MEETING DEM, that took the learning from the Netherlands to set up Meeting Centres in the UK, Italy and Poland and to evaluate their impact. As part of the project two pilot demonstrator Meeting Centre sites were established in central England in semi-rural market towns. These have now established themselves as charities since the research funding ended in August 2017.

With this funding we have a unique opportunity to develop a sharing of the learning across early adopters of the Meeting Centre model in the UK from different regions and jurisdictions as well as from organisations of different types such as housing associations, faith groups and day centres who could be well placed to build Meeting Centres from their existing provision.

For more information please see the press release


2018/19 Workshops for individuals to book

We are running the follwing two workshops at our City Campus. These will run from 10:00 to 16:00 with registration from 9:30 and a buffet lunch.

One day Workshops

  •  Dementia Friendly Design: 16 May 2019 

  •  Dance & Movement in Dementia Care – Finding creative ways to communicate and connect: 6 June 2019

Cost:  The cost is £150 with an 'Early-Bird rate' if you apply up to 6 weeks before the event of £125.

How to book your place: Places can now be booked online

Please specify using the drop down box under ‘Payment Method’ if you wish to pay by debit/credit card or need to request an invoice.

If you require more information please email with ‘Masterclass series’ in the subject line. Please state your full name and contact details indicating which classes you are interested in attending and/or details of your enquiry.

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Pioneer Workshops

Are you thinking about setting up a Meeting Centre in your community?

Do you want to find out about the Meeting Centres Support Programme?

 If so please come along to one our half day workshops we are delivering in different parts of the UK during the coming year including:

  • Worcester: 26 March 2019 – to register click here  
  • Plymouth - 8 May 2019 - to register click here
  • Worthing – 3 July 2019 - to register click here
  • Leeds  - 1 October 2019 - to register click here
  • Doncaster – 5 November 2019 - to register click here      before the start of UK Dementia Congress
  • North West of England - dates and venues tbc
  • Northern Ireland - dates and venues tbc
  • Scotland – dates and venues tbc
  • Wales – dates and venues tbc

 Other possible venues

  •  North East of England
  • London

Further details and booking details will be available shortly but if you would be interested in attending any of these please let us know by emailing us at

If you decide that you would like to set up a Meeting Centre in your local area we can then offer a further package of support. 

If you are interested in knowing more about these workshops or the overall project please contact us via:Email: or Telephone:  01905 542531 or 01905 542664. For further information on the UK Meeting Centres Support Programme and


HDRC knowledge and learning exchange event 2019 - 23rd May 2019


HDRC knowledge and learning exchange event 2019 - 23rd May 2019


Assistive technology for people living with dementia: the aspirational and the achievable.


Housing and Dementia Research Consortium


In this 2019 conference, we will share learning about innovative assistive technology that can support daily living, social participation and leisure for people affected by dementia.

We will hear about the latest technology in this field, the aspirational and the achievable use of assistive technology in accommodation and care settings and recent research exploring the use of assistive technology by people living with dementia.

There will be speakers from different fields (academics, third sector organisations, housing providers and people affected by dementia) a panel debate and round table discussions.


1 day event, 10am-4pm


£50 per person. Includes refreshments and lunch.

To book your place go to


University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester.

Event contact:

Dr Julie Barrett,

For more information about a number of events planned for the next few months please see the Seminars and Conferences page 



To find out more about what we are currently involved with please read our recent posts here


Vacancies will be updated when the infomation becomes available.