Our annual Dementia Friendly Awards takes place later this month. Read about our new awards and who is nominated for this year’s prizes.
There are around 850,000 people in the UK living with a dementia diagnosis. That’s a huge number which is set to increase to one million people by 2025.
Support is needed for every person affected by dementia. It can come from charities like ours, but it could also come from organisations and people within the community. We know that there are many people already taking steps to support those who need it, and we like to celebrate them and their achievements.
Set up in 2013, our annual Dementia Friendly Awards give us (and you!) the chance to highlight those who have led the way on creating dementia-friendly communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Now in its fifth year, our Awards showcase the broad range of inspiring people making a difference.
See this year's nominations
Find out more about this year's Dementia Friendly Awards, including the full list of awards and nominations.
New for 2018
For 2018, we have two new categories to recognise those going above and beyond for people affected by dementia.
First is our Trailblazer of the Year award. This celebrates a new or innovative idea that fulfils the varied needs of people affected by dementia.
Our 2018 finalists include:
- Dementia Adventure
Providing holidays for people living with dementia and their carers.
- Handmade for Dementia North West & UK
A knitting group that has created twiddle items for people living with dementia.
- Elior UK
A catering company providing nutritious and appetising meals to over 370 care homes across the UK.
Our second category new for 2018 is our Championing Diversity award. This celebrates anyone taking action to boost our connection with diverse communities.
This year’s nominations include:
- Switchboard's Rainbow Café
A dementia café that supports people within the LGBTQ community and their families.
- Touchstone BME Dementia Service
Raising awareness of dementia within the black and minority ethnic community.
- Tracy Crum, editor of Our News Our Views
Our News Our Views is a magazine for people living with learning disabilities. Tracy lives with a learning disability herself and continues to raise awareness about dementia within the community.
Our award ceremonies will take place on 19 November in Belfast (Northern Ireland awards) and 22 November in London (England and Wales awards).
Until then, catch up with last year's action and follow us on Twitter below for Awards updates and news.
Watch highlights from last year's awards