Dementia Friendly Awards categories

Learn about the criteria for each category in the Dementia Friendly Awards 2019.

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  1. Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Small/Medium
  2. Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Large
  3. Youth Organisation of the Year
  4. Inspiring Young Person of the Year
  5. Dementia Friends Champion of the Year
  6. Trailblazer of the Year
  7. Championing Diversity award (Individuals, groups and organisations)
  8. Dementia Friendly Community of the Year
  9. 40th Anniversary– Lifetime Achievement award
  10. Outstanding Contribution of the Year

1. Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Small/Medium

This award recognises small and medium businesses and/or organisations who have successfully implemented a dementia friendly initiative to be inclusive and support either colleagues or customers affected by dementia or those in the communities they work in. 

The judging panel will be looking for initiatives which have made innovative changes such as updating processes to better serve customers or staff that are living with dementia, adaptations to physical environment, on-going support of a local initiative or sustainable projects, all of which create a lasting legacy.

This category is for organisations with up to 2,000 staff including a local/regional office or branch of a larger organisation.

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence how they have listened to and took action on the views of people affected by dementia so that they feel part of their community and are able to remain active and involved
  • Evidence how they successfully rolled out a dementia friendly initiative or activity
  • Detail and evidence how these initiatives or activities have positively impacted people affected by dementia

2. Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Large

This award recognises large businesses and/or organisations who have gone above and beyond business as usual or standard regulatory obligations to successfully implement a dementia friendly initiative. This should be inclusive and support either colleagues, customers affected by dementia or those in the communities they work in.

The judging panel will be looking for initiatives which have made innovative changes such as updating processes to better serve customers or staff who are living with dementia, adaptations to physical environment, on-going support of a local initiative or sustainable projects creating legacy.

This award category is for organisations with over 2,000 staff including national or multi-national organisations.

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence how they have listened to and took action on the views of people affected by dementia so that they feel part of their community and are able to remain active and involved
  • Evidence how they successfully rolled out a dementia friendly initiative or activity going above and beyond business as usual or regulatory obligations
  • Detail and evidence how the initiatives or activities have had a positive impact on people affected by dementia

3. Youth Organisation of the Year 

This award recognises a youth organisation, club or school that supports, involves or comprises of young people 25 years and under. The judging panel will look for youth organisations or youth groups or schools that inspire young people to take action on dementia either in their local community or on a national scale.

This can be through community projects, volunteering, fundraising, campaigning, and awareness-raising or research or any activity that contributes to making a dementia-friendly generation.

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence of how the organisation or group involved listened to, took into consideration and  planned projects around the views/needs of people affected by dementia 
  • Evidence of how the organisation or group successfully rolled out dementia friendly initiatives or activities
  • Detail and evidence the positive impact on people affected by dementia of these initiatives or activities

4. Inspiring Young Person of the Year

This award recognises an individual 25 years and under, who is inspiring others through their commitment to taking social action in order to support people living with dementia and is creating a generation that is dementia-friendly.

The judging panel will look for young people that are taking an innovative approach to supporting people living with dementia. Action can include community projects, volunteering, fundraising, campaigning, and awareness-raising or research; any activity that contributes to making a dementia-friendly generation.

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence of how the young person involved listened to, took into consideration and  planned projects around the views/needs of people affected by dementia 
  • Evidence of how the young person successfully rolled out dementia friendly initiatives or activities
  • Detail and evidence the positive impact on people affected by dementia of these initiatives or activities

5. Dementia Friends Champion of the Year

This award recognises the action taken by Dementia Friends Champions to raise awareness, challenge misperceptions and inspire change through running Information Sessions. In particular, we will recognise a Champion who has gone above and beyond to inspire participants in their Sessions to take meaningful action to make a real difference to people living with/affected by dementia in their community.

While we are always pleased to hear from Champions who have reached a high number of Dementia Friends, we know there are other factors that make a great Champion.

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence how the Champion has inspired Dementia Friends to take action and make a positive change for people affected by dementia in their community or workplace
  • Evidence how the Champion has overcome challenges to deliver their Information Sessions, and/or shown persistence, proactively approaching groups to offer Sessions
  • Detail and evidence how the Champion has collaborated with others to, for example, inspire and support them to become Champions, create Dementia Friendly Communities or improve and develop the Dementia Friends programme 

6. Trailblazer of the Year

This award recognises individuals, communities, businesses and groups that have tried something new or innovative to include people affected by dementia and improve their experiences. 

In particular, we will recognise a Trailblazer who has worked innovatively with or on behalf of people with dementia, demonstrating good practice to meet the needs of those affected.

We would be particularly interested in hearing about those innovations that can be implemented without a lot of funding.

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence how they have listened to and took action on the views of people affected by dementia to improve their experiences of living with dementia
  • Evidence how the innovations meet a need for people affected by dementia and can be implemented without a lot of funding, or in a way that would be cost saving
  • Detail how innovation or product have had a positive impact on people affected by dementia

7. Championing Diversity award (Individuals, groups and organisations)

This award recognises the action taken to increase connections with diverse communities. The judging panel will be looking for individuals, dementia friendly communities and businesses that have actively included diverse communities. 

In particular we’ll be looking at how direct connections with the community have been sought and any insights gained have been used to adapt the approach for the benefit of that community. 

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence how they have listened to and took action on the views of people affected by dementia from diverse backgrounds, so that they feel part of their community and are able to remain active and involved
  • Evidence how they successfully rolled out a dementia friendly initiative or activity for their target group/s
  • Detail and evidence the positive impact on people affected by dementia of these initiatives or activities

8. Dementia Friendly Community of the Year

This award recognises villages, towns, cities and counties leading the way in taking action to ensure that people affected by dementia are included in the community. In particular, we’ll celebrate one community that has gone above and beyond in planning, taking action and involving others, especially across different sectors, for example, retail, transport, and youth.

As every community is different, we understand that each will have taken different approaches to becoming more dementia-friendly.  No matter the size of your community, we’re interested in how you’ve made a difference using what’s available to you. 

Depending on the nominations we receive we may award more than one Dementia Friendly Community of the Year, categorising them by the size of the community. 

NB: Nominated communities must be recognised as working towards being dementia-friendly by Alzheimer’s Society, as part of the national Dementia Friendly Communities recognition process. 

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence how they have listened to and took action on the views of people affected by dementia so that they feel part of their community and are able to remain active and involved
  • Evidence how they successfully involved a cross-section of the community, engaging different local organisations, businesses and individuals in taking meaningful action
  • Detail how the initiatives or activities have had a positive impact on people affected by dementia

9. 40th Anniversary– Lifetime Achievement award

Since our origins in 1979, we have reached hundreds and thousands of people with our services, changed the conversation on dementia, invested millions in research and campaigned hard for people affected by the disease to have the support they deserve.

From the time our three bold founders sat around the kitchen table and set out to change the landscape of dementia forever, our vision has been simple. We want to see a world without dementia, and to ensure those living with it today have the care they need and are supported and accepted by society, able to live in their community without fear and prejudice.

With this award, we will recognise one individual, community or organisation that shares our vision and has taken action over ten years or more to make our society more dementia friendly.

Nominations must follow the below criteria to be considered:

  • Evidence how they have listened to and took action on the views of people affected by dementia to improve their experiences of living with dementia
  • Evidence how they have taken meaningful action over ten years or more, involving a cross-section of the community, engaging different local organisations, businesses or individuals 
  • Detail and evidence the positive impact on people affected by dementia of the nominees initiatives or activities

Nominations for this award will be open to those who have dedicated ten years or more to improving the lives of people with dementia. 

10. Outstanding Contribution of the Year

This award is a judges’ choice award, and recognises the outstanding contribution an individual, team or organisation has made to the lives of those affected by dementia. Those who at every opportunity champion the rights of people affected by dementia and unite us all to a common cause.

They should be passionate and inspirational, innovators and change makers and by their actions clearly evidence the impact and positive change they have had on the lives of those living with dementia and/or their carers and families in the past year. The winners of this award will be the most inspiring of them all.

The finalists for the prestigious Outstanding Contribution award 2019 will be specially selected by judges from all nominations and judged by people affected by dementia.

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