Dementia MCST Programme | Final round of funding – applications close Monday 13th June!

A reminder that applications for the final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! Find out full details below.

A reminder that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022. You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please feel free to contact dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk if you feel a small deadline extension following the 13th of June would be helpful.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Dementia MCST Programme – Final round of funding now open!

A reminder that applications for the final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! Find out full details below.

A reminder that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022.

You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please feel free to contact dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk if you feel a small deadline extension following the 13th of June would be helpful.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Dementia MCST Programme – Final round of funding now open!

The third and final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme is now open! Find out full details below.

We are excited to announce that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are now open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022. You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Reminder: Dementia Awareness eLearning Available

A quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules developed by Alzheimer’s Society available to the Age UK Network until July 2022.

This is a quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules available to the Age UK Network. Whether you work directly with those living with dementia or not, we hope this eLearning will help to equip Age UK staff and volunteers with the skills and confidence to communicate with people living with dementia, face to face and virtually. Currently the Age UK Network’s access to these modules will end this July, so find out all the details below.

The three eLearning modules are:
  • Understanding dementia
  • Engaging with people in the early stages of dementia
  • Responding to distressed behaviours
Who can complete the Dementia eLearning?

All modules are open to everyone, all staff, and volunteers. Every learner will receive a certificate upon completion.

How were these modules developed?

These new modules were developed by Alzheimer’s Society.

When should I complete the modules?

Currently the Age UK Network’s access will end at the start of July 2022, so best to complete them sooner rather than later!

Please note, it may take up to one hour for the course to be marked as completed and for you to receive the certificate in your inbox. We thank you in advance for your patience.

How long is each module?

Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Once you start, you can save any progress and come back to it.

How do I access these modules?

If you already have an eLearning account, this course will automatically appear under the “learning” section of your dashboard in the eLearning site. You can access it straight away and no action is needed.

If you need to sign up, please complete this form.

Please note that registration to the e-learning site may take a few days. You will receive an email with your log in information once you have been registered.

What do I do once I am logged in?

If you cannot see the modules on your dashboard when you log in, you can find it either by:

  • Clicking onto ‘courses’ and then ‘Dementia eLearning’; or
  • Using the search bar on your home page by typing in ‘Age UK Dementia E-learning Programme’.

If you have any questions on access to the e-learning site, please contact: adviceunit@ageuk.org.uk

What other e-learning is available from Age UK?

For a number of years, Age UK has provided a range of e-learning options to support Partners’ delivery of training online to your staff and volunteers. This includes the Age UK e-learning Platform and Grey Matter Learning – find out all about both training platforms here.

Dementia MCST Programme – Final round of funding opens May 9th

The third and final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme will be opening on Monday 9th May. Find out full details below.

We are excited to announce that our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme will be opening on Monday 9th May! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and we welcome all Local Age UK Partners that have not yet been part of this programme to apply. Please do get in touch if you have any questions prior to this funding opportunity on – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk and keep an eye on the loop page here, which will be updated as soon as applications open.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Race Equality Foundation Survey

The Race Equality Foundation is looking to hear from BAME-led VCSEs who support people living with dementia from BAME backgrounds.

The Race Equality Foundation has recently launched a new survey, which is looking to hear from BAME-led VCSEs who support people living with dementia from BAME backgrounds. We would really appreciate it if you could share this link/survey with any relevant networks or via social media. The deadline for completing the survey is January 31st 2022. Please click here to view and share the survey on Twitter.

New Dementia Research Project by the Race Equality Foundation

The Race Equality Foundation are seeking examples of good practice for their new research into supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people living with dementia.

The Race Equality Foundation is undertaking a project researching the topic: ‘effective reablement: identifying and promoting good practice in reablement with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people living with dementia to address health inequalities’. They are looking for some good practice examples that could help to paint a picture of how intermediate care/ reablement services are being offered to, and work for, people with dementia. Find out more about the project, including how you can get involved, below.

Recently, there has been an increasing interest and focus on reablement services which aim to maximise people’s independence and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, including in the forthcoming Dementia strategy. However, there is a lack of evidence on access to, and acceptability of, these services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people living with Dementia.

Good Practice Callout

The Race Equality Foundation are, therefore, looking to pull together some good practice examples that help to paint a picture of how intermediate care/ reablement services are being offered to and work for people with dementia (even if these services are not BAME specific).

If you think you may have some useful examples or evidence to help support this work then please contact health.influencing@ageuk.org.uk. Thank you!

Reminder: Dementia Awareness eLearning Available

A quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules developed by Alzheimer’s Society available to the Age UK Network.

This is a quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules available to the Age UK Network. Whether you work directly with those living with dementia or not, we hope this eLearning will help to equip Age UK staff and volunteers with the skills and confidence to communicate with people with dementia, face to face and virtually. Find out all the details below:

The three eLearning modules are:
  • Understanding dementia
  • Engaging with people in the early stages of dementia
  • Responding to distressed behaviours
Who can complete the Dementia eLearning?

All modules are open to everyone, all staff, and volunteers. Every learner will receive a certificate upon completion.

How were these modules developed?

These new modules were developed by Alzheimer’s Society.

When should I complete the modules?

The Age UK network will have access to them for 1 year, so best to complete them sooner rather than later!

Please note, it may take up to one hour for the course to be marked as completed and for you to receive the certificate in your inbox. We thank you in advance for your patience.

How long is each module?

Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Once you start, you can save any progress and come back to it.

How do I access these modules?

If you already have an eLearning account, this course will automatically appear under the “learning” section of your dashboard in the eLearning site. You can access it straight away and no action is needed.

If you need to sign up, please complete this form.

Please note that registration to the e-learning site may take a few days. You will receive an email with your log in information once you have been registered.

What do I do once I am logged in?

If you cannot see the modules on your dashboard when you log in, you can find it either by:

  • Clicking onto ‘courses’ and then ‘Dementia eLearning’; or
  • Using the search bar on your home page by typing in ‘Age UK Dementia E-learning Programme’.

If you have any questions on access to the e-learning site, please contact: adviceunit@ageuk.org.uk

New Dementia Awareness eLearning now available

There are now three new dementia awareness eLearning modules developed by Alzheimer’s Society available to the Age UK Network.

We are pleased to announce that three new dementia awareness eLearning modules are now available to the Age UK Network. Whether you are a member of staff working directly in dementia services or providing benefits advice, or a lunch club volunteer, we hope this eLearning will help to equip Age UK staff and volunteers with the skills and confidence to communicate with people with dementia, face to face and virtually.

The three eLearning modules are:
  • Understanding dementia
  • Engaging with people in the early stages of dementia
  • Responding to distressed behaviours
Who can complete the Dementia eLearning?

All modules are open to everyone, all staff, and volunteers. Every learner will receive a certificate upon completion.

How were these modules developed?

These new modules were developed by Alzheimer’s Society.

When should I complete the modules?

The Age UK network will have access to them for 1 year, so best to complete them sooner rather than later!

Please note, it may take up to one hour for the course to be marked as completed and for you to receive the certificate in your inbox. We thank you in advance for your patience.

How long is each module?

Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Once you start, you can save any progress and come back to it.

How do I access these modules?

If you already have an eLearning account this course will automatically appear under the “learning” section of your dashboard in the eLearning site. You can access it straight away and no action is needed.

If you need to sign up, please complete this form.

Please note that registration to the e-learning site may take a few days. You will receive an email with your log in information once you have been registered.

What do I do once I am logged in?

If you cannot see the modules on your dashboard when you log in, you can find it either by:

  • Clicking onto ‘courses’ and then ‘Dementia eLearning’; or
  • Using the search bar on your home page by typing in ‘Age UK Dementia E-learning Programme’.

If you have any questions on access to the e-learning site, please contact: adviceunit@ageuk.org.uk

Playlist for Life – Playlist Maker

In addition to their physical resources, Playlist for Life also have a useful Playlist Maker on their website to help anyone who would like to make a playlist on Spotify but don’t know how to get started.

As you may have seen in last week’s update, Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity trying to reach as many older people and those living with dementia as possible. In addition to the resources listed last week, Playlist for Life also have a useful Playlist Maker on their website to help anyone who would like to make a playlist on Spotify but doesn’t know how to get started. You can even browse song suggestions based on your year of birth. You can take a look at the Playlist Maker here and view the other resources below.

Community groups are being encouraged to help bring the power of personal music to help those living with dementia by setting up a Playlist for Life Help Point. A Help Point is a place where people can get information about creating and using a personal playlist to help someone living with dementia. There may be people who are using your services who would benefit from Playlist for Life’s free resources or they may know someone who would benefit.

You can sign-up to be a Help Point and get access to the free webinar on sharing the power of personal music in your community. You’ll also receive free materials to distribute to people in your community. Please see the image below for some examples of resources you would receive. They offer both paper and virtual resources.


Sign up at www.playlistforlife.org.uk/apply-help-point/

There are also free webinars available for anyone who is interested in learning more about Music Detective Skills. Please click here to book your place.

Click here for Playlist for Life’s free resources