A wonderful afternoon of networking, innovation and inspiration was had at the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award Ceremony on the 2nd of December in the Helix. It was an All Ireland event with attendees and shortlisted projects present from both sides of the border. We were delighted to have last years winners ‘The Kildare Past Times Community Choir’ who provided everybody with a fantastic performance of well known songs and carols. Dementia Elevator’s free, online resource ‘Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers’ was also launched at the ceremony. http://dementiaelevator.ie/training-programmes/psychosocial-skills-training/#foundation

See below this years worthy winners. The overall winning project receives 1,000€ to expand their initiative.

Winners of the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2015 !!

Pamela Dunne and team, Daughters of Charity Support Service, Dublin 15

Hear the Dementia Elevator Award 2015 Winner speak about her project

Developing life stories through digital technology as a means of supporting creative person centred care for persons with an intellectual disability and dementia.

This project involves an innovative multi step approach of creating life stories through digital technology. This includes the development of a train the trainer manual and a virtual life story for participants using personal stories, favorite songs and video clips. Watch this short video which showcases this wonderful project here. https://vimeo.com/125778587 Password is: doc

Runners up !

Golden Age Tango Therapy
Ellina Nolan, Tango Therapist in Private Practice, Wexford

Hear what the runners up had to say about their projects

This project provides recreational support and social interaction to people with various levels of memory difficulties and thier carers through weekly tango dance classes, with increased emotional and physical therapeutic value. Golden Age Tango Therapy is based on principles and simplified technique of Argentine Tango, which is rightly described as a ‘walk in the embrace’

‘Will Grandad Remember Me?’ The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Schools Dementia Awareness Project in Ireland.

Dearbhla O Caheny / Dr Suzanne Cahill, Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC), Dublin

The overarching aim of the project is to increase awareness among secondary school students about ageing and dementia and to provide them with a comprehensive understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and of the risk factors for dementia particularly modifiable risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, and obesity.

The Shankill Social Sofa

Mervyn Bell, The Spectrum Centre, Co Antrim

The Social Sofa is a 1750 kgs concrete sofa which local tenants in the Hemsworth area in Belfast, have covered in coloured mosaic tiles bringing their own bespoke design to vibrant and eye-catching life. The aim of the social sofa is to enable creativity/expression, challenge stereotypes, increase awareness about dementia, and promote integration and inclusion for people with dementia.

Dementia Champion Award

The Dargle Group: Conversation Coaching for People with Dementia and their Communication Partners (already mentioned in main category)

Aifric Conway/ Suzanna Dooley, St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin

In response to communication difficulties often experienced by people with dementia, the Speech and language therapy team have developed and delivered a “Conversational Coaching Group for People with Dementia and their Communication Partners”. The members of the first group named it “The Dargle Group”.

Last Years Winner

The Kildare Past Times Choir’ performing at the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award ceremony in the Helix.

Listen to the fantastic performance by the Kildare Past Times Choir at the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award Ceremony!