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Press Page: Kent Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Friendly Kent Awards 2017

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.


Award Categories


1. Most inspiring Dementia Friendly Community Award

Any community which has acted in an inspiring way to benefit those living with dementia

2. 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.

3. Dementia Friendly Organisation/ Company Award (Less than 250 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

4. Dementia Friendly Organisation/ Company Award (More than 250 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 June 2017 to 31st August 2017.  People will be able to nominate through an online application which will be available at: http://dementiafriendlykent.org.uk/dementia-friendly-kent-awards-2017/ or through downloading and returning a paper form which will also be available on the website.  

For people who do not have access to the internet they are able to contact Laura Summers, Project Officer by post or by telephone to request a postal application form.

Telephone Number: 07825 712701 (Tuesday – Thursday)

Address: Laura Summers, Kent County Council, Strategic Commissioning, 3rd Floor, Invicta House, Sandling Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX


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 on 5th September 2017.

This year’s judging will be done via a combination of postal voting and a panel judging sessions which will be held in Tenterden on 19th September and Ashford on 28th September. Criteria for becoming either a member of the judging panel, or a postal voter 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.


Important Dates

  • Nominations 2nd June 2017 – 31st August 2017
  • Shortlisting _ Tuesday 5th September 2017, Cobtree Golf Club, Chatham Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AZ
  • Judging Tuesday 19th September 2017, Westview Integrated Care Centre, Plummer Lane, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6TX
  • Thursday 28th September 2017, Ashford Fire Station, Ashford, Kent – Further address details to follow.
  • Awards Ceremony Friday 20th October 2017, Oakwood House, Oakwood Road, Maidstone Kent, ME16 8AE, 1.30pm for 2.00pm – 4.00pm






2017 Dementia Awareness Week is fast approaching

Members of Kent’s Dementia Action Alliance will be busy during Dementia Awareness Week promoting Living well with dementia as well as encouraging a community response by promoting the Kent ‘Working to Become Dementia Friendly’ (WTBDF) symbol for local businesses, organisations and groups.

We hope that Kent’s Press and Media will support us in ensuring that this work is widely shared.

It is with this in mind that we have pulled this page together as we want to support the ‘Media’ by equipping them with information, tips and guidance which will make their job easier and their stories more palatable for those living with this condition.

Quite frequently we find that press and media use phrases and terminology which can cause distress and offence to those living with dementia, obviously this is never the intention.

We want to encourage Kent’s Press and Media to be the first in the UK to have a blanket wide approach to using language which is less harmful.

An excellent guide has been developed by DEEP (The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment project) working alongside people living with dementia, you can download their guide from the link to the left of the page.

Despite these guidelines being issued in 2015 people are still not taking notice – We want Kent to be different!

Essentially from these guidelines:

There are a number of words, descriptions and phrases which people have identified, should never be used to describe dementia or people with dementia.

These are words that have been used in print media over the last couple of years.

These were considered to be ‘curl up and die’ words:

  • words that make people physically flinch when they hear or read them!
  • words that send out the message that a life with dementia is not worth living, that people are helpless and have nothing to contribute!
  • words that are negatively attached to the person rather than the condition of dementia
  • words that create stereotypes.

Words to avoid

  • Dementia sufferer, Demented, Senile or senile dementia.
  • Burden e.g. people are a burden or cause burden,
  • Victim, Plague, Epidemic, Enemy of humanity, Living death e.g. dementia is a living death

Alternative words about people with dementia

  • Person/people with dementia
  • Person/people living with dementia
  • Person/people living well with dementia

You can listen to some of Kent’s residents explaining how they feel about the words used – in particular the word ‘sufferer’ below (Click on the picture below and it will open the youtube page )


words matter

If you have any queries

or would like to know more about the work of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance please contact:

The Dementia Friendly Communities Team


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