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People with dementia given opportunity to lead own research

A new initiative giving those with dementia the chance to take charge of their own research into the condition has been awarded a Big Lottery Grant of £700,000.

The new project, Dementia Enquirers, will be ongoing for three and a half years, kickstarted by National Lottery Funding. UK funding director of the Big Lottery fund, Joe Ferns, said: “we’re delighted to be funding this project, which puts people with experience of living with dementia at the heart of research into the condition.”

Innovations in Dementia, a Community Interest Company, will work alongside DEEP, a UK-wide network of over 100 community groups and 1,000 people with dementia. DEEP’s Dementia Diaries encourages those living with dementia to make their voices heard, talk about their experiences and support one another. Innovations in Dementia will help members of DEEP plan and undertake their own research, so they can take an active role in understanding their condition in a way that feels personal and relevant to them. 

Director of Innovations in Dementia, Rachael Litherland, had this to say: “we are so proud to have been awarded this National Lottery grant, and excited to be undertaking such ground-breaking work. We are confident that the project can influence the prevailing approaches in research – while bringing new respect for the skills, expertise and resilience of those who are living with dementia.”

University researchers may also be involved in the project, showing DEEP participants how to plan and structure their own research initiatives and help them to present their findings in a variety of creative ways, such as through photography, poetry, music or film.

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