Funded by Life Changes Trust.
The Life Changes Trust has requested an evaluation of their peer support initiatives for people with a lived experience of dementia. Over a period of 18 months, our project adopts an appreciative enquiry approach using mixed methods to engage people with dementia, carers and practitioners to investigate: impact on people with dementia and their unpaid carers, facilitators and barriers for effective service delivery, the influence of partnership working and collaboration on service delivery and practice. We will co-design the project with people with a lived experience of dementia and will involve volunteer community researchers who have previously worked with us on ageing and dementia projects. As part of our methods we will utilise a toolkit developed from ‘A Good Life in Later Years’ project funded by the Life Changes Trust. This toolkit will provide an innovative approach to measuring outcomes for people with dementia, their families, friends and the wider community in which they live. This proposal forms part of a joint submission by Jane Robertson and Grant Gibson for three tenders (peer support, befriending and outdoor activity) with a combined value of £120K. While the tenders will be submitted individually as required by the procurement process, and success of one will not depend on success of the others, we will refer to the benefits of pooling resources across the projects if successful in securing more than one tender.
A project investigating the impact of peer support would build on my interests in quality of life, wellbeing and coproduction. In addition, this work would develop methodology from A Good Life project and the Paths for All evaluations, while contributing to increased capacity amongst our team of community researchers. The themes fit with core FSS research areas of dementia and ageing.