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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 here or visit our Meeting Centres website.



2018/19 Masterclasses and workshops for individuals to book

We are pleased to announce a further series of in house one day masterclasses and workshops. These will be held at our City Campus and run from 10:00 to 16:00 with registration from 9:30 and a buffet lunch.

One day Masterclasses

    Intimacy and Sexuality in the context of people living with dementia in a care setting:  28 February 2019

  • Dementia and Pain – Underdiagnosed and undertreated:  28 March 2019

  • End of Life in Dementia Care:  11 April 2019

One day Workshops

  • CANCELLED : An introduction to understanding and applying the principles of Person Centred Care in dementia care: 7 February 2019

  • CANCELLED: Music and Dementia: 14 March 2019 

  •  Dementia Friendly Design: 16 May 2019 

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

Cost: As you can see these now cover a wider range of topics but the cost remains the same at £150 with an 'Early-Bird rate' if you apply up to 6 weeks before the event of £125.

How to book your place: These can now be booked at 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.

Content: Further details will be available shortly 

Venue: All will be held at the University of Worcester City Campus     

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.  

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