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About Dementia

About Dementia

About Dementia is Scotland’s forum for improving lives for people affected by dementia. We work alongside people with lived experience of dementia to shape the policy and practice that matters to them.

Collaborating with people with lived experience is at the core of what we do. We believe that people living with dementia and unpaid carers are best qualified to say what is and isn’t working and how to do it better. Through regular group meetings, we connect with our members to hear their views on the issues that matter most to them.

About Dementia is best summed in the words of one of our members: the community “enables people with lived experience of dementia to thrive and flourish by providing genuine opportunities to be meaningfully involved in important projects, thus providing opportunities denied by many after diagnosis”.

About us

Learn more about the About Dementia project.

National Dementia Strategy

About Dementia recently submitted our response on the new National Dementia Strategy to the Scottish Government, following extensive consultation with our members, people living with dementia, unpaid carers and professionals. You can read the consultation response in its entirety here, or check out our blog to see the key policy asks.

Peer-to-Peer grants programme now open

Age Scotland and About Dementia have announced a new funding opportunity for people affected by dementia in Scotland. The peer-to-peer grants programme will allow people living with dementia and current or former unpaid carers to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000. These grants are designed to empower people with dementia and unpaid carers to create their own peer support activities and projects and can also be used to enable ordinary activities that improve quality of everyday life for people living with dementia and unpaid carers.

Meeting Centres

Meeting Centres offer a community space where people living with dementia, unpaid carers and families can enjoy access to flexible, person-centered support. We recently funded five new Meeting Centres across Scotland through the Meeting Centres Seedcorn Fund, part of our partnership grants programme with the Scottish Government and Age Scotland. These centres will help provide hyperlocal, tailored support to people affected by dementia.

Life Changes Trust Resources Collection

About Dementia are proud to be National Legacy Partners for the Life Changes Trust. For nine years, the Trust invested in and supported the empowerment and inclusion of people living with dementia and unpaid carers across Scotland. In 2022, the Trust closed its doors, appointing Age Scotland and About Dementia as two of their National Legacy Partners. As part of this role, About Dementia are delighted to host the Life Changes Trust Resources collection.

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