Life Changes Trust: evaluating bursaries for taking part in events
“If we are not there, it is as if a football match has been arranged with all the officials being present, but no footballers invited to participate”.
This sums about how many people with dementia and their carers feel about dementia conferences. But for most, the high fees, combined with travel and hotel costs, make it nigh impossible to take part.
Fortunately, the Life Changes Trust has faced this issue head on and over the past couple of years has provided many bursaries. Their new report sets out the benefits of attending and also gives a lot of useful feedback on what makes an event either successful or stressful for people with dementia. All of us who organise dementia events can learn from these comments.
As the report concludes: “Let’s make it about them – not us.”
Download the report from the Life Changes Trust website: