Top tips for writing an effective Dementia Friendly Awards nomination

If you are thinking of submitting a nomination for the next Dementia Friendly Awards, these top tips should help you.

1. Your nomination doesn’t need to be very long- just a few sentences is enough.  Keep your explanations clear and to the point, as you’ll only have 200 words for each question.

2. Use bullet points. Don't worry about crafting beautiful paragraphs - you can provide information in a bulleted list.

3. Write your nomination in Word first and copy and paste it into the nomination form, so you can check you are not over the word count, and you can save it as you go, so nothing is lost if the web page were to crash.

4. Write a clear opening statement to show the judges straight away that the person is worthy of being nominated.

5. Make sure your examples match the criteria for that award - provide lots of examples and evidence to support your nomination!

6. You’ll be asked three questions on your nomination form. For the majority of the categories you'll be asked:

  • How have they listened to and taken action on the views of people affected by dementia. Tell us how they've included people living with dementia as part of their actions or activity
  • What the activity or initiative was and tell us what happened as a result of their activity. Tell a story of what they did and how they did it. Then tell us why their activity was important and what difference the activity made
  • How they have positively impacted people affected by dementia - tell us how people affected have been affected, involved or consulted.

7. You can repeat information that you’ve entered to answer the questions in the summary and person profile, to save you time.

8. Feel free to use quotes and case studies- anything that will help back up your nomination.

9. Does anyone else know the person you are nominating? Ask them to submit a nomination too. Having examples from different perspectives will help the nomination.

10. It’s ok to nominate yourself! You know better than anyone the fantastic work you’ve been doing, so make sure you get that recognition!

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