It is that time of year again where we are starting to plan for this year’s awards ceremony.
These awards aim to recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication undertaken during the last year to improve the lives of people living with dementia in Kent.
This year, as it is our 5th Anniversary as the Kent DAA, the traditional anniversary theme for 5 years is ‘wood’ we would like to incorporate the ‘Forest of Thoughts’ and bring together all the trees that the DFC’s are compiling across the County with memories.
Further to an Awards Working Group Meeting last week, we are delighted to inform you of this year’s categories which are as follows:
- Most inspiring Dementia Friendly Community Award
Any community which has acted in an inspiring way to benefit those living with dementia
- The Emma Kent Award for Outstanding Contribution
This is open to any inspiring individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improving lives of those affected by dementia, the individual may be a member of the community, a family carer, a person affected by dementia or an outstanding employee or volunteer.
- Dementia Friendly Organisation/ Company Award (Less than 50 staff)
This is open to any ‘small’ business, company or organisation including sports leisure, arts and hobby groups who have actively made a difference for people affected by dementia and as minimum apply or successfully achieved the WTBDF symbol.
- Dementia Friendly Organisation/ Company Award (More than 50 staff)
This is open to any ‘Large’ business, company or organisation including sports leisure, arts and hobby groups who have actively made a difference for people affected by dementia and as minimum apply or successfully achieved the WTBDF symbol.
- Kent’s Most Inspiring Care Provider
This is open to any care provider that has gone above and beyond to improve the lives of people affected by dementia and as a minimum be expected to apply for the WTBDF symbol.
- Intergenerational Activity Award
This is open to any project which is working across the generations to benefit both those affected by dementia and younger people.
- Community and Partnership Project Award
This is open to any project which has been done in partnership with at least 2 other organisations and involving the local community
Nominations, shortlisting and Judging
Nominations will be open from 1st May 2018 to 1st August 2018 (inclusive). The Chairs of each DAA/ DFC will be asked to shortlist during this time.
People will be able to nominate through an online application which will be available here from May 2018 or through downloading and returning a paper form which will also be available on the website.
More information on the Working to Become Dementia Friendly Recognition Symbol is available here WTBDF
For people who do not have access to the internet they are able to contact Laura Summers or Jo Evans by post or by telephone to request a postal application form.
Laura Summers 07825 712701 (Tuesday – Thursday)
Jo Evans 07885 977746
Address: Kent County Council, Strategic Commissioning, Sessions House, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
In order to make a nomination people will be asked the following:
- Identify the category
- Your name and contact details
- The nominees name and contact details (or lead person if a group)
- Does the person know they are being nominated?
- A 500 word summary of the reason for nomination
- A maximum of 5 photos or pictures
Shortlisting will take place between 13th August – 24th August 2018 (inclusive).
This year’s judging will be done via a combination of postal voting and voting sessions with people who are affected by dementia. Criteria for being able to vote is very basic, the person must be personally affected by dementia by either having a diagnosis or being a family carer to someone with a diagnosis. If there is anyone who is interested in taking part please let us know.
Nominations 1st May – 1st August 2018 (inclusive)
Shortlisting 13th – 24th August 2018 (inclusive)
Judging 27th August 2018 – 14th September 2018 (inclusive)
Awards Ceremony Friday 5th October 2018 – by invitation only
Great Danes Mercure Hotel, Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1RE