Four principles to enable social connection

We’ve been spending some time recently reflecting on range of initiatives that we’ve heard about through Community Makers. There seem to be four common factors which combine to make a successful service, regardless of its type, size or location. Introducing the four Community Makers principles: Relationships, Purpose, Technology, Community

Heritage Pathfinders: What does the Future of Heritage hold?

Guest blog by Tim Senior, supersum There has been a lot in the news recently about continued delays to social care reform in the UK. Helping people live well with dementia in their communities is an important priority and will need all of us – not just policy makers – to rethink how we can make […]

The role of culture and belonging in online community support

In April, Community Makers heard how an established dementia support group, based in the Chinese community in Liverpool, adapted to the pandemic. Although Chinese Wellbeing are primarily focussed on the Chinese community, they also work with other ethnic and immigrant groups, and it was fascinating and revealing to understand the importance of cultural sensitivity and […]

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 […]