Celebration event to launch new Dementia Together evaluation report

Dementia Together provides practical information and support for people living with dementia and their carers in Suffolk. The project, now in its third year of operation, works with local community services to provide coordinated, responsive support for individuals at every step of the way – whether that’s information about dementia, connecting with others who understand, or planning for the future.

Dementia Navigator Lisa with Dementia Together service user Hazel
Dementia Navigator Lisa with Dementia Together service user Hazel.
Katie Tyrrell (Research Associate, University of Suffolk), Andrea Tocca (Research Development Manager), Ruth Strudwick (Associate Professor), Jo Marshall (The Chantry Centre Director) and Alana Page (The Chantry) 546
Research Associate Katie Tyrrell, Research Development Manager Andrea Tocca and Associate Professor Ruth Strudwick from the University of Suffolk with Sue Ryder The Chantry's Jo Marshall and Alana Page.
Dementia Together celebration event 2019

The University of Suffolk was commissioned from the outset to complete an evaluation based on outcomes for people living with dementia identified when the service model was designed.

The event provided feedback on the evaluation report, compiled  by the University of Suffolk, on how the service was received by those who had been helped, including people with dementia and their carers.

The report found that:

  • After contact with Dementia Together, people with dementia felt they had a better understanding of their condition and available services
  • The majority of people with dementia felt the service helped them better manage their condition, avoid crisis, and enhance physical and mental health
  • Carers felt they had more information about dementia and could cope better as a carer
  • Carers felt a better sense of wellbeing, increased knowledge and confidence.

Jo Marshall, Centre Director, Sue Ryder The Chantry Neurological Care Centre, said:

“We are delighted that the findings of the report show that Dementia Together is achieving the positive outcomes for people they told us were needed.

"It has been a privilege to work on the development of the service and we will continue to listen and respond to the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.”

Download the Dementia Together report

"An evaluation of the Dementia Together Service provided by Sue Ryder, Ipswich, Suffolk"