Institute makes finals of the Dementia Friendly Awards 2014

Wednesday 21 May 2014

The Salford Institute for Dementia made the final four of the first ever Dementia Friendly Awards 2014 organised by the Alzheimer's Society and supported by Lloyds Banking Group and The Telegraph.

The awards were given out during the charity’s Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May), a national initiative to encourage people who are worried that they might have dementia, or know someone who may have dementia, to seek help and talk about it.

Handing out the awards were notable figures including Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, Hazel Blears, Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, and the broadcaster Chris Evans.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr Hunt hailed the courage of "truly inspirational" dementia campaigners for getting the condition "on the map".

Professor Maggie Pearson, Dean of the College of Health & Social Care and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Public Benefit, who directed the establishment of the Salford Institute for Dementia, said: “It’s a huge honour for the Institute to be recognised alongside established initiatives and bodies such as the Connected Communities Programme.

“We’ve made big steps since the Institution was founded just six months ago, and the nomination will give us added motivation to place people affected by dementia at the heart of everything we do.”

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Professor Martin Hall, said: "Given that we are at such an early stage in this work, it is a great accolade to have been a finalist."

The Institute made the finals of the awards as the University of Salford launched a new course which focuses on life enhancing approaches to dementia and the design of environments which foster independence and quality of life.

The new MSc Dementia: Care and the Enabling Environment Masters degree explores how to make a positive difference through approaches to care, support and environments such as buildings, gardens, urban spaces and transport which have been designed or modified to support living with meaning and purpose.