The third essential factor in developing the so called ‘dementia-friendly communities’ involved building partnerships, networks and collaborations. Communities are made up of many different groups, organisations and services and clearly no one organisation can initiate the development process of a ‘dementia-friendly community’ on its own. Collaboration, both through formal and informal processes is essential.
In most countries where the study « Mapping dementia-friendly communities across Europe » identified significant activity developing ‘dementia-friendly communities’, partnerships, networks and collaborations existed at regional, municipal or local levels, involving public services and officials (e.g. mayors), NGOs, businesses, public authorities, community groups, faith organisations, people living with dementia and their families. In some countries they also existed at a national level, most notably England, with its National Dementia Action Alliance.
These partnerships had many functions including sharing information, learning and resources, monitoring progress and impact, supporting members and promoting ‘dementia-friendly communities’, and enabling community development and cohesion.
Examples of partnerships and networks included:
The rest of this section of the mapping lists all ‘dementia-friendly community’ projects that were found across Europe, that come under the heading of ‘building partnerships, networks and collaborations’.
35. Dementia action alliances - England, Germany
36. British Standards Institute - Code of Practice (PAS 1365)
37. Aktion Demenz (‘Campaign Dementia’), Austria
38. Together for a dementia-friendly Bruges, Belgium
39. ‘Continue taking part in community life through Dementia’, Germany
40. Arnsberger dementia ‘learning workshop’, Germany
41. Living Well with Dementia Stillorgan-Blackrock, Ireland
42. The PG-raad [Programme Council Care Renewal in Psychogeriatrics], The Netherlands
43. West Dunbartonshire Partnership, Scotland
44. Muistillitto: Influencing and inclusion, Finland
45. Wicklow Dementia-friendly, Ireland
46. Dementia-friendly Brecon, Wales
47. A more dementia-friendly society, Norway
48. ‘How can I help you?’ Creating a dementia-friendly Mallow, Ireland
49. Age Friendly Dublin City University / Dementia Elevator, Ireland