Dementia Diaries is a UK-wide project that brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries. It serves as a public record and a personal archive that documents the views, reflections and day-to-day lives of people living with dementia, with the aim of prompting dialogue and changing attitudes.

Dementia Diaries Website

Who are we working with?

We are all part of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP). The Dementia Diaries initiative was designed by the non-profit communications agency On Our Radar (www.onourradar.org). It was launched by On Our Radar in January 2015 in partnership with Innovations in Dementia, Ownfone and Comic Relief, and was handed over to Innovations in Dementia in August 2016.

Phase 2 of the project is funded jointly by Comic Relief and BIG Lottery Fund.

A team from Leeds Beckett University was asked to evaluate the success of Dementia Diaries. A dementia-friendly summary of their findings is available here (pdf, opens in a new tab) or you can download the full report here (pdf, opens in a new tab).

The website provides the audio recording and a written transcript of each diary, you can volunteer to transcribe the audio diaries here


This weeks Diaries include:

AGNES WONDERS ABOUT THE SUPPORT PEOPLE NEED TO GET INVOLVED.

WATCHING AN ANT HAS STEPHEN WONDERING.

JIM REFLECTS ON SUPPORTING OTHERS WITH DEMENTIA.

RAE REFLECTS ON THE LOVE SHE FEELS AROUND HER.

AGNES TALKS ABOUT THE SUPPORT FROM DEEP AND INNOVATIONS IN DEMENTIA.

PAUL IS OFF TO EDINBURGH TO JOIN HE DEEP GATHERING.

JOHN INTRODUCES HIMSELF.

TRACEY HAS BROKEN HER ANKLE.

AGNES IS STRUGGLING A BIT TO MAKE DIARIES AWAY FROM HOME.

CLIVE EXPRESSES FRUSTRATION AT THE ATTITUDE OF OTHERS.

JOY THREW HERSELF OFF A MOUNTAIN FOR YOUNG ONSET DEMENTIA.

JOHN SPEAKS ABOUT THE PROBLEMS HE CAN HAVE TRAVELLING.

JACQUI IS DELIGHTED WITH HER HOLIDAY SCOOTER RENTAL.

CHRIS ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO PRESS FOR THEIR RIGHTS AROUND BENEFITS.

STEPHEN HAS BEEN UNDER THE WEATHER BUT LOOKING FORWARD.


Note for Professionals

You can use these Diaries as part of your Dementia Training.

As a courtesy, please email Rachel Niblock at Niblock@myid.org.uk to let her know that you will be using some of the Diaries, it helps when applying for funding in the future.