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The Dementia Friendly programme was an extension to the BIG Lottery funded Fit as a Fiddle programme. This project has now come to an end after providing support and training to local Age UKs to transform their mainstream services to become more dementia friendly.

This programme supported and enabled local Age UKs to assess how dementia friendly their generic and wellbeing services were, what could be done to make these services more accessible, and what additional physical and wellbeing services could be developed. Age UK commissioned two experienced consultants to lead this work.

Although the funding for this project has come to an end, the transformation of services and support provided throughout the course of the project means that local Age UKs continue to be more accessible to everyone.

How did the project make a difference?

  • New approaches to working with people with dementia have been adopted, and to the design and delivery of services.
  • Cultural changes are taking place with increased awareness of dementia amongst Age UK staff and volunteers
  • Local Age UKs disseminate learning to their network, and joined their local dementia action alliance
  • Download the full Dementia Friendly project evaluation report (PDF, 814KB)

Resources and Useful Links

Dementia Adventure

Dementia Adventure works with a wide range of organisations developing services and activities for people with dementia - especially using outdoors and wellbeing activities.

Visit the Dementia Adventure website

Innovations in Dementia (IID)

IID work with people with dementia, partner organisations and professionals to develop projects that will improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Visit the Innovations in Dementia website

Living life with dementia guide

Local Age UK contributions to quality outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers.

Living life with dementia (PDF 1.2 MB)

Making Age UK services dementia-friendly

Organisations can find guidance on the Age UK website around developing services for people with dementia.

Visit the Age UK resource page

Further information

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact: fitasafiddle@ageuk.org.uk

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK on: 0800 169 8787