Dementia Services Development Trust

The Dementia Services Development Trust was set up to improve services for people with dementia in Scotland.  It now supports work across the UK and the rest of the world. Over the past 30 years the Trust has led improvements in care; supporting training for health and social care staff to deliver the best, person-centred care for people with dementia. The Trust’s grants have been used to create innovative new services and resources to help improve the lives of people with dementia. The Trust also funds projects at the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.  The Stirling Centre provides access to a wealth of information and practical advice about dementia, drawn from research evidence and practice across the world.

How can we disrupt the myths about dementia – the Trust addresses this question

An important focus for the Trust is to dispel common myths about dementia. The Trust funds Disruption Awards in an attempt to improve the public understanding of dementia.  These awards have been used to develop a range of impactful projects and services to help people affected by dementia.

  • ‘Digital Dementia Game’: an online dementia board game to introduce people to the issues associated with dementia
  • ‘Daytime Dancehall’: an event designed for young people and people with dementia to mix
  • ‘Drawing from experience’: a comic featuring the problems involved in travelling with dementia
  • ‘Reframing Dementia’: an exhibition of photographs taken by people living with dementia
  • ‘Dementia Friendly Outdoor Spaces’: a project to develop dementia-friendly walking paths and make outdoor spaces more inclusive for people living with dementia
  • ‘Treasure Project’: online resources for carers, families and friends of people with dementia, to explore opportunities for connecting with people with dementia so that they can continue to enjoy moments of joy and laughter
  • ‘Rare Dementias’: for sharing of knowledge between disease and care experts and people with experience of living with a rare dementia
  • 3Wheelin’; Fun, Friendships, Freedom’: a shared learning and bonding programme for people with dementia and children with special needs.

Read more here about Disruption Awards…

The Trust produces a range of resources for people living with dementia, their families and carers, and health and social care professionals.