The view from Bologna

We were very lucky to have a presentation from Clelia D’Anastasio at the March Community Makers Forum, where we got a window into how community support has adapted to COVID19 restrictions in Bologna. Clelia is a retired geriatrician, who has spent her whole career looking after the needs of the older population, including spending a […]

Alive and Meetupcall – The Power of Voice

This month the Community Makers forum heard from a fascinating project led by Alive, and in partnership with teleconferencing company Meetupcall. Emma from Alive was given funding by the Lottery’s catalyst programme fund to spend a few dedicated weeks talking to people affected by dementia about their needs and aspirations for connecting digitally to community […]

Nurture and Nature!

In our first Community Makers Forum of 2021, Vivienne Depledge shared the experience of Dementia Adventures as they have adapted to the varying circumstances through the COVID pandemic. Dementia Adventure is a service that was very much rooted in the physical experiences of taking people affected by dementia into the outside world, whether on day […]

Cultivating a culture of creativity

by Natasha Morgan, Senior Innovator, Alzheimer’s Society At this month’s members zoom event, our Community Makers had a presentation from Tim Senior from supersum, describing two new innovative projects which facilitate serendipitous connections through creative activities.  Tim explained how enabling connection in a time of change and uncertainty is a ‘wicked problem’ – one that […]

Keeping creative during COVID

The Community Makers network are now meeting online monthly to hear experiences from fellow Community Makers, and discuss the evolving challenges of running dementia support groups through the COVID pandemic. This month, the community had a presentation from Rebecca Packwood from Age Exchange describing how they had successfully moved their in-person creative art groups to […]