Have you heard of Social Prescribing?

I ask this as recently we had a conversation during a dementia training session about local community resources and I brought the term into conversation.

There were several attendees working in the health and social care sector who had not heard of this important community role leading me to write this brief overview.

At its simplest a Social prescriber (SP) centres around...

Dementia activist praises carers and tells them: 'You matter'

Over the past couple of years I have been advocating for families living with dementia in addition to leading the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.

I have witnessed family carers on their knees at crisis point, desperate, isolated with overwhelming feelings of helplessness.

At times I have felt useless, but having immersed myself into the world of dementia over the past...

Exeter dementia campaigner’s book features in national collection

Dementia campaigner and author Gina Awad has been selected as one of just twenty UK authors to appear in a new, specialist literary collection.

Gina, the leading light behind Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, published her first book called United in 2022 with the popular and much loved cartoonist, the late Tony Husband.

It not only tackled the serious issue of dementia and its...

UK’s biggest killer dementia creating urgent need for specialist care says Rowcroft Hospice

With 13 May marking the start of Dementia Awareness Week, Rowcroft Hospice is highlighting the need for heightened support and specialist end-of-life care for people living with the illness. Dementia is currently the leading cause of death in the UK and projections indicate a continued rise in cases over the coming decades. The hospice has noticed a substantial increase in the number of...

Best days out in Devon for people living with dementia

With its beautiful countryside, coastlines and rich heritage, Devon offers a variety of days out for people living with dementia and their carers. From scenic countryside walks to engaging cultural experiences, here are some of the best dementia-friendly days out in Devon.

  • Seaside Strolls at Sidmouth and Exmouth
  • A sure fire-way to fire up all the senses is with sand, sea...

    Team of fundraisers to take on infamous Fan Dance SAS challenge for Dementia UK

    A team of more than 30 will attempt to complete the gruelling 15 mile route in under 4.5 hours to raise funds for the charity’s dementia specialist Admiral Nurses

    April 2024, Devon. A group of more than 30 fundraisers, including a number from Devon, will take on the infamous Fan Dance SAS selection challenge on Sunday 14th April to raise vital funds for Dementia UK, the specialist...

    Rowcroft Hospice drives the agenda for enhanced dementia and palliative care support

    Rowcroft Hospice has successfully hosted the UK Dementia and Palliative Care Conference, the first of its kind in the South West. Sponsored by Friends Helping at Home and in partnership with The Ness Care Group and The Filo Project, the day brought together local, national and international leaders with over 100 delegates at the Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre on Tuesday 26 March.


    Picture of 4 people standing outside 10 Downing Street with petition

    Simon Jupp MP presents petition to 10 Downing Street with Devon campaigners calling for end to care tax charge

    Simon Jupp, MP for East Devon, is supporting a campaign organised by The Filo Project, a local dementia care social enterprise, calling for an end to a tax rule that means organisations such as theirs must charge 20% VAT on care services.

    The East Devon MP joined Libby Price and Liz Dennis, co-founders of The Filo Project, at 10 Downing Street to present a petition against the VAT...

    Plymouth dementia care home maintains accreditation for excellent end-of-life care

    A team of care professionals who work at a specialist dementia care home in Plymouth have been recognised for delivering excellent end-of-life care by St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth, marking the fourth consecutive time staff at the home have been recognised for the excellent way they implement the charity’s focused Six Steps + programme.

    The four colleagues who have taken on the mantle...

    What to do when a vulnerable person goes missing

    What can you do when a vulnerable person goes missing?

    “Over the past decade, I have heard so many stories of vulnerable people going missing, particularly those living with dementia. Many people have been found, but for some the consequences were tragic.

    "Last week Eric went to collect a chinese takeaway for himself and Margaret his wife, who was in the car right outside....