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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.

The Dementia 2020 Citizens’ Engagement: Making England the Best Place in the World for Dementia Care

Have you, or has somebody close to you, been diagnosed with
dementia in the last few years? If so, we’d really like to hear from you!

We are inviting people with a dementia diagnosis, or their main carer (either family or friend) to complete a short questionnaire about your experience of living with dementia. This is an important opportunity for you to share your experiences and maybe help shape and improve services in the future.

This questionnaire asks you about your experiences of day-to-day care and independent living for the person with dementia and at the end, we will give you the opportunity to sign up to receive further questionnaires in the future.  

If you would like to complete this questionnaire and help with this important study, please go online to You can also view previous reports and see what other people are saying about their experiences.

If you would prefer to receive a questionnaire in the post, please give us a call and we would be happy to send you one or answer any questions you may have. Please contact Claire Thomas at ORS on 01792 535 337 or, or Daniel Morris at ORS on 01792 535324 or .

This project has been commissioned by the Department of Health for England and the work is being carried out by Opinion Research Services (ORS), an independent organisation.

Thank you for your help and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


TAnDem Conference 2018: The Arts and Dementia: Impact and Implementation

Thursday 20th September 2018 at Jubilee Conference Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG8 1DH

Cost: £75

Artists, service users, carers and academics will come together to discuss the arts as a medium for leisure, care and learning in dementia. TAnDem researchers will look at how the arts can best be accessed by people living with dementia and at what approaches to evaluation are most suitable. Guest speakers will explore the wider context for the arts and dementia in the UK.

To book your place go to

Further information is here

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


The Association for Dementia Studies is pleased to announce that we are taking applications for the post of Research Associate for Sustainable Community place-based interventions for people and families affected by Dementia (SCI-Dem).

Closing date 27 September 2018. Interview date 19 October 2018.

This is a fixed term post for 18 months and the project is expected to start in November/December 2018.

This Research Associate post will be a key member of the project team.

If you have experience in literature reviewing and synthesis and ideally knowledge of dementia care services or research, we would welcome your application. If successful, you will be expected to manage your own activities and prioritise your workload within agreed objectives to ensure that all activities are completed to deadlines. You may be required to write up research work for publication in collaboration with senior colleagues and disseminate results as appropriate to your discipline by, for example, conference presentations and peer reviewed publication.

This post is funded by a research grant from the Alzheimer’s Society to undertake a realist review of what makes community interventions for people affected by dementia sustainable; in what circumstances and why? A realist review is designed to indicate ‘what works for whom, in what circumstances, in what respects and how?’ This theory-driven approach to evidence synthesis provides a way of explaining how context influences outcomes - represented as context + mechanism = outcome.

If you would like to talk to someone about this post, please contact Teresa Atkinson, Senior Research Fellow, SCI-Dem,

For more information and to apply for this post, please see here