There's always great value in working and learning with other organisations, so we're delighted to have been chosen as one of twelve projects to receive an award from the European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia, a collaborative initiative between The Atlantic Philanthropies, Fondation Médéric Alzheimer, Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Genio Trust and the King Baudouin Foundation.
The award is part of its programme “Valuing the expertise of people living with dementia” acknowledging work that respects the autonomy, dignity and right to self-determination of people living with dementia, emphasising the importance of listening to the voice of people living with dementia to value their expertise.
This is great - not only because it recognises the value of the approach we're developing but also because I'll be meeting with, and learning, from other projects based in France, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Norway, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland (along with our fellow UK awardees at the University of Salford).
I'm very much hoping that we'll get to work with some of these partners and with people living with dementia in different countries, to take our ideas across borders and learn about, and maybe even tackle, transport and mobility challenges in different settings.
I'll be heading to Sofia, Bulgaria this weekend for the conference and awards ceremony so hopefully we can start making some plans then - exciting times ahead!