Improving experiences of people with dementia in London

Hugenot Museum Kent
4 Feb 2020

We're pleased to be working, once again, in partnership with Innovations in Dementia (ID) and local groups in the DEEP network. DEEP is Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project, the UK network of groups of people with dementia. 

Our latest research will be in London where we aim to improve the experiences of people with dementia when using London arts, sports, health or well-being venues or services. This is a call out to local London groups of people with dementia - get in touch with Eric - see below.

This work has been funded by the City Bridge Trust. 

Eric Harris from RiDC says:

“We propose to visit places that are of interest to a local London DEEP group and chosen by its members. RiDC will then arrange a visit to the space. Our experience is that most venues make us all feel welcome and fully support this kind of engagement. It's vital that the direction of this work is primarily chosen by the local DEEP group".

A typical way these visits have worked in the past is:

  1. Two of our research team at RiDC visit a local DEEP group to explain our project and invite members to think about venues or services, arts, sports, well-being services they might want to look at. Maybe they've had a problem, or they like the venue or services/information they provide, and want to carry on using it/them.
  2. We go away and think how this might work and start to approach the venues.
  3. We then return to the group with one or two options for their feedback. During this process we typically liaise closely with the group coordinator or group members if the group facilitates themselves.
  4. Together we arrange the date and time of any investigation and accompany the group with any extra helpers, if needed.
  5. We write up the draft report and check with the group for their comments and feedback and then publish the results online.

This process typically takes about three to four months from start to finish.

For each investigation we have a total budget of £750 which can be split according to the group’s needs and typically is split as follows:

  • £250 for participant fees and travel costs
  • £500 as a donation to the local DEEP group at the end of the project

In the first place, it is important that I make contact, through phone or email, with the local coordinators, so that I can answer any questions. After that, if they are willing and able to proceed, the project timings are dictated by the needs of the local DEEP group.

Please take a look at our previous work:

Consumers with dementia - national and local RiDC projects with DEEP groups

Any London groups interested, please contact Eric Harris, RiDC head of research:


telephone: 020 7427 2460
direct line: 020 7427 2459

Damian Murphy, a Co-Director of Innovations in Dementia  says:

‘A couple of years ago, RiDC did a similar project with us at York Minds and Voices. Having met with Eric from RiDC the group decided to investigate the experience of going to the MECCA bingo in York'.

RiDC did all the legwork in going to meet the people at MECCA and coming back to us to present the plan. We had a morning’s experience of the Bingo and were able to meet in a room before and after to talk about the whole experience. Essentially all we had to do was turn up! RiDC covered our expenses, gave a consultancy payment  to those individuals taking part as well as a £500 thank you to the group as a whole.

It’s still one of the highlights of our 5 years as a group in the DEEP network.  Two years later Peter still recalls at how ‘we didn’t have a clue what was happening at the Bingo but it was so much fun!’

I’d highly recommend any London based groups to take up the chance of being part of such a project with RiDC’

More about DEEP groups - the UK network of dementia voices

City Bridge Trust, DEEP and Innovations in Dementia logos