Dementia Associates Dragons’ Den

On Wednesday 5 April, we are holding a Dragons’ Den inspired competition for our dementia associates at Lancaster University.

In each of our dementia services we have dedicated Making Space associates who have a special interest in dementia, and want to further develop their skills to better support the families and carers of those living with dementia. Our Dementia SPACE team work closely with these associates to improve communication, training and learning in dementia care.

Since we introduced dementia associates into our services back in 2015, the group has doubled in size and we now have over 25 associates across Making Space.

To celebrate this growth and success, we have decided to hold a Dragons’ Den inspired competition for our associates to get together and come up with a new, innovative idea for dementia care. This could be anything from a dementia friendly product, a new activity group or a dementia app. There is only 1 rule – it must benefit either the person living with dementia or their carers.

Each group will then have a timed 5 minutes to pitch to the panel of expert judges, which includes:

  • Gaynor Chisnall, Director of Operations
  • Professor Paul Rodgers, Lancaster University
  • Dementia SPACE Team
  • Person living with dementia

The judges will also be able to ask questions about the proposed project.

The winning group will then have the opportunity to develop their idea into a project and will win £100 to put towards bringing their idea to life!

Good luck everyone!