Recognising the contribution of Dementia Carers Staff and Volunteers in NI

02/03/2015

At the recent Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre (NI DSDC) awards held in the Europa Hotel Mullan Mews and Sydenham Court were awarded first prize in the Dementia and the Arts category.

 

 

At the recent Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre (NI DSDC) awards held in the Europa Hotel Mullan Mews and Sydenham Court were awarded first prize in the Dementia and the Arts category.

 

 

 

The Trust were also Runners Up in the following categories (photos left to right):

Dementia Design Project of the Year Runner Up : Bruce House
Dementia and the Arts Runner Up : Valencia Ward
Dementia Friendly Community Initiative Runner Up : Hemsworth Court

Dementia Design Project of the Year Runner Up Bruce HouseDemential Friendly Community Initiative Runner Up Hemsworth

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Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre (NI DSDC) organisers of the awards received a large number of entries and judges were impressed by the standard of nominees this year. Funding for the awards was provided by DHSSPS and Atlantic Philanthropies.

Claire Keatinge, Older Persons Commissioner for Northern Ireland said "With more and more people living with dementia, it is essential that those working to support them are recognised and encouraged in the vital roles that they play. Working quietly in communities, the arts and health and social care settings, the outstanding contribution of those who go above and beyond to support people makes a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people living with dementia. Many volunteer, giving up their own time unpaid, or undertake educational studies to improve their knowledge and transform how people living with dementia are treated.

There are currently 19,000 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland. This figure is expected to rise to 61,000 by 2051. Professor June Andrews, Director of DSDC said, “It is a great privilege to recognise Northern Ireland people who are making such a huge difference to the lives of families".

The event also included an address from Mr Fearghal McKinney, MLA “I have nothing but admiration for those involved in the front line care of people living with dementia. Whilst we wait for medical advances, we must ensure that significant resources are allocated to the care of a growing population with increasing needs.”

For more information about the work of Dementia Services Development Centre Northern Ireland can be found at www.dementiacentreni.org

Dementia Education Initiative Runner Up Ruth Sedgewick Valencia Ward