JRF’s Dementia without Walls programme ran from June 2012 to the end of 2015. JRF wanted to help ensure that people living with dementia are more understood, more heard, more included, more connected and more supported – with and by each other, their local communities and society as a whole. The core questions JRF wanted to explore, through action and research, were these:
- How does society as a whole need to change to support the growing numbers, diversity and aspirations of people affected by dementia?
- How can our local communities change to be better places for people with dementia to live well?
- How can our own organisation be part of this societal shift, and part of making York a dementia friendly city?
- How can people with dementia better connect with and support each other, so their experiences can shape policy, practice and attitudes?
Over the course of the programme, JRF forged many creative partnerships, commissioned numerous projects, published reports and papers, produced films, and worked hard to engage meaningfully with people with dementia.