Cardiff uses service design to tackle dementia

A pilot project in Cardiff is using service design to tackle issues around dementia.

The new Cardiff and Vale Dementia plan is being launched by Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff City Council.

It is part of the £2 million SPIDER project, funded by Interreg IVB through the European Commission, which aims to promote the use of service design in the public sector.

For the dementia project, Cardiff-based consultancy PDR led the strategy development through a series of workshops with senior managers and frontline staff.

The strategy is in response to an estimated 53 per cent increase in the number of people suffering from dementia across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan between 2014 and 2030.

It makes proposals around the themes of: making structural changes to economic, cultural and environmental conditions; improving infrastructure and access to services for all; strengthening communities; and strengthening individuals.

Action is being taken to make these plans reality through the launch of community pilot projects to create ‘dementia-supportive communities’ as well as other initiatives.

The strategy document has been created by Cardiff-based Tidy Studio and an accompanying animation is by recent Cardiff Metropolitan University graduate Michael Boulton.

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You can read the plan in full here.

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