Get involved

We are creating a community of Community Makers to share experiences and tips on using technology to support people affected by dementia. As well as contributing to this toolkit, we have a community actively swapping ideas and insights with each other using Slack and through regular online meetings.

Ways to get involved:

Join our monthly forum – each month we hear a case study from one of our members, talking to us about how they are adapting to online or remote support. We also have a general discussion to swap ideas and experiences.

Our next monthly forum:

Wednesday 24th February from 11am – 12:15pm

Emma Dyer will be speaking about the fantastic work she’s been up to at Alive Activities.

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Alive activities has been one of many organisations to begin delivering activity and support for older people over the phone since COVID-19. These teleconferences have proved an effective way to continue to deliver existing groups and well as starting up new groups to meet the demand for social interaction that lockdown has created.

The software used to facilitate these teleconferences, ‘Meet up Call’ was not designed for use by older people or those with sensory or cognitive impairments and there has been a number of ways to improve the software identified.

After a month-long user centred design research exercise, supported by the National Lottery and CAST, Alive as been awarded a grant to work with the teleconferencing software MeetupCall to improve the user experience of the software.  Join us to hear about these plans and to find out how you can give feedback to inform our next phase of design.

As always, the session will include ample time for Q&As, discussion, and space for you to share tips and challenges.

Upcoming events

24th March – Clelia D’Anastasio, a Geriatrician based in Italy who will be talking about the role of Social Media
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21st April – Di Burbidge will be talking about her work with Chinese Wellbeing and other minority ethnic groups
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Other ways to get involved

Join our mailing list – To remain informed of our events and activities, please join our mailing list

Follow us on Twitter

Join our Slack Community – we use a Slack workspace as a way to share online, outside of meetings.

Share a case study, or insight for the website. – If you have experiences that you think others could benefit from, please share them, and we can add them to the website

Spread the word – please tell others who might benefit from joining Community Makers.

If you run a dementia support group, and would like to be part of Community Makers, please contact us.

Selected contributing organisations:

Age Exchange

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Alive

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AmbaCare Solutions

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Bolton Dementia Support

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Chinese Wellbeing

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Community Circles

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Dementia Adventure

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Dementia Friendly East Lothian

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Dementia Friendly Prestwick

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Dementia Matters Here(fordshire)

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Kirrie Connections

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Minder (Imperial College)

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Musical Memories Choir

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PAVS, Pembrokeshire Dementia Supportive Communities

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Reflections Greenwich

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Town Break Stirling

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