Friday 12th February saw the first Dementia Discovery Day organised by Healthwatch Salford and New Roots, a unique partnership of Social Enterprises committed to improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers in Salford.
An invited audience of 110 participants including people living with dementia, their caregivers, health and social care professionals and other stakeholders attended the event at Salford University for lively and productive discussions based around three themes:
- Discover – what’s happening in Salford, the experiences of people with dementia and their carers, the current state of service provision, what works well and what challenges exist
- Dream – in an ideal world, what people living with dementia and service providers would like to implement to resolve current challenges and to extend the positive work already being done in the area
- Design – how the suggested changes could be implemented and who would take responsibility for delivery
Facilitated by emPoWereD conversations course trainees, people’s thoughts, experiences and inspirations were captured creatively using write-on tablecloths and a huge variety of stickers, coloured pens and post-it notes. All this activity created an incredible buzz around the room as attendees described not only the challenging aspects of living with dementia but also all the positive experiences, future plans and ideas to enable people with dementia to live and age well in Salford. The discussions were followed by a scrumptious lunch with further chances to chat and connect with local people.
A co-produced report will shortly be published which will summarise the key issues raised and describe the next steps to be taken in Salford.