Much of what the Institute does is aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their care-givers. Co-production and co-creation underpins our activities and we are lucky to have the input of a range of stakeholders to guide our work. Our Community Engagement Officers run the groups.
These include our Dementia Associates Panel. A group of people with direct experience of living with, or supporting someone who is living with, dementia. The Associates provide input to research project design and work alongside Institute’s leadership team to identify priorities for conferences and events. We have won international awards for the ways we have worked alongside people living with dementia in our research.
We also run groups in our Hub designed to promote the involvement of people with dementia and other local stakeholders. These include SID's Café, Music Group with Hallé Orchestra, Music Group with Music In Hospitals and Care and our 'Good Life' Club hosted in our dementia design principles garden at the Hub.
During the pandemic we moved our groups to virtual meetings, WhatsApp groups and phone calls to maintain contact with one another. We also undertook a research study where we were able to then set out our plan for returning to in-person working as soon as guidelines permit in ways that our members feel comfortable to do so.
If you would like more information about the groups or would like to know more about how to become a member please contact us by email or visit us at the Dementia Hub, University of Salford, Allerton Courtyard, Salford M6 6PU.