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Special Projects

As specialist providers of care for people with dementia and their families, we are involved in a number of projects with other organisations to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families.

Dementia-Friendly Cinema

Tyneside Cinema’s fortnightly daytime film screenings for people with dementia and their carers and families.

The Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle is running a series of monthly daytime screenings of some of the world’s most beloved films for people with dementia and their carers and families. These events are open to everyone and enhanced to suit the needs of people with dementia. Staff are on hand to assist if needed, and they will screen the films with the lights up a little and sound down a touch in their beautiful Classic auditorium.

The Dementia Friendly Cinema project was initiated by the Elders Council of Newcastle who also provided seed funding to start the project. It was developed and informed by a steering group which includes the Elders Council, Tyneside Cinema, Alzheimer’s Society, Newcastle Carers, Dementia Care, Newcastle Quality of Life Partnership and Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing.

In addition to our involvement with the steering group, we advised the Tyneside Cinema on ways to make the cinema environment more dementia-friendly and accessible.

Funding for the project has been provided by The Ballinger Trust.

We are pleased to say that the Tyneside Cinema was awarded a North East Equality Award 2016 for the dementia-friendly screenings programme.

For more information, visit the Tyneside Cinema website.

Post-diagnosis support

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We are working on a two-year research project to evaluate the effectiveness of providing advice and support to people immediately following diagnosis of dementia. The project will also provide design advice for dementia-friendly equipment and evaluate the case for health/social care intervention post diagnosis.

The project is one of 18 dementia projects in the North East and Cumbria being funded by Comic Relief, The Ballinger Trust and Northern Rock Foundation.

The project runs from April 2016 to March 2018. The project is being evaluated by researchers from University of Northumbria and we will publish the results at the end of the project.

Training, advice and information

Part of our charitable mission is to disseminate best practice in dementia care, provide support for carers and raise the standard of care generally.

We are developing a range of on-line and printed resources on key areas of dementia care. These will be made available free of charge to families and informal carers of people with dementia. For more information, please visit the Advice and Information section of the website.

This work is being part-funded by The Ballinger Trust.

In parallel, we are also developing a range of on-line training courses for professional carers, based on our expertise in dementia care. These courses will focus on specialist areas of dementia care, such as Person-Centred Care, Moving & Assisting Someone with Dementia, Personal Care with Dignity; and Managing Behaviours that We Find Challenging.

The first course to be developed provides advice on making a home more dementia-friendly. This was funded by the Northern Rock Foundation through the Fresh Ideas programme.