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Part 3. Building partnerships, networks, collaboration: case studies


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

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