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External initiatives

Inspired Youth

Inspired Youth is a York-based social enterprise that is 'Tackling prejudice, stigma and raising awareness'.  In April 2017 they released a very moving film short entitled 'I ain't got me mam'.


parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs. The runs are free, and open to everyone. People of every ability are encouraged to take part. Their initiatives include:

Champions for Dementia
Running down dementia

Bristol Ageing Better

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. 

Celebrating Age Festival

The first Celebrating Age Festival took place in 2007 as a response to the Bristol’s Quality of Life Strategy for Older People. Due to its huge success, this is now a multi-partner, two-week event held in September each year. Hanover participated in 2015 by having an information stand at the event. Find out more at the Celebrating Age Festival website.

Dementia Action Alliance

Over 2,500 organisations across England committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Hanover has worked with the Hackney Dementia Alliance this year by having an information desk at the launch of the alliance. Visit the Dementia Action Alliance website for information on how to get involved.

Dementia Awareness Week

This week of activities around the country runs in May each year. Find out more at the Alzheimer's Society website.

Dementia Connect online directory

An online dementia services directory for anyone affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with over 4,000 listings of local information, support and services. Services are listed for free. Visit the Alzheimer's Society website for details.

Dementia Friendly Swimming Hub (ASA – Amateur Swimming Association)

The ASA Dementia Friendly Swimming Project has been developed to enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia. Read more at the Dementia Friendly Swimming Hub website.

Memory Walks

Memory Walk sees thousands of people raising money for a world without dementia across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. People of all ages and abilities join in, from grandparents to grandchildren, and even furry four-legged friends! Many Hanover staff have taken part in Memory Walks around the country. To find a local walk near you, visit the Memory Walk website.

Music therapy

Singing is good for the brain! To find out more, see the Alzheimer's Society's Singing for the brain information and video, and the NHS Dementia Singing for the Brain video.

Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia

‘The Department of Health wants every person with dementia, and their carers and families, to receive high quality, compassionate care from diagnosis through to end of life care.’  Resources and information include: videos from the Department of Health; experiences of Tommy Dunne, who has dementia; Government policy on dementia; and Dementia Research. Find out more at the Department of Health website.

Right to Know campaign

An Alzheimer Sociey initiative to support the idea that everyone with dementia has a Right to Know ahbout their condition and to be fully supported after diagnosis. Read more and sign up to the campaign at the Alzheimer's Society website.

Running Down Dementia

A new challenge from parkrun and Alzheimer’s Research for those who like to run and want to fundraise. The money raised will support Alzheimer’s Research UK’s risk reduction research. Read more on the Alzheimer's Research UK website.

The Alzheimer’s Show

The show takes place in June in London and Manchester. There's a conference programme with key topics, knowledge sharing, exhibitor workshops and practical workshops. Visit their website to stay up to date with forthcoming shows.

The Disconnnected Mind

This Age UK initiative is a research project into how our thinking skills change with age, and what we can do to protect our cognitive health in later life. Find out more at the Age UK website.


In 2014 a number of NHS hospital trusts launched a call for knitters to help with a new project: a ‘Twiddlemuff’ is a knitted or crocheted woollen hand muff with interesting bits and pieces attached, such as ribbons, buttons, beads and zips. People living with dementia are sometimes restless and need reassurance, and Twiddlemuffs have proven useful in providing simple stimulation for the hands and the mind. Visit our Internal initiatives & collaborations page to find out how the phenomenon was embraced with great enthusiasm by Hanover staff.