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bold is an innovative programme providing free leadership opportunities across Scotland to help those living with dementia flourish. The bold project brings together people living with dementia, family members and friends, professional carers, NHS staff, artists and people from all walks of life.

The project focuses on using creative arts methods for personal development and I am delighted to act as Creative Director, project facilitator and partner @ bold.
The five-year project is being delivered in partnership by The University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University and is funded by the Life Changes Trust.

To find out more about bold, please click here: bold Scotland

The full project title, Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia, recognises that a large number of new leaders of all ages and from all walks of life, including many persons living with dementia, are already finding their place in ‘the dementia world’.

In 2019 we started the project in Inverness and East Lothian. As we are no longer able to meet in person due to Covid-19, in October 2020 we launched an exciting new creative and interactive online Social Leadership programme with partners from all across Scotland. The people that we have been working with are a real mix of those working in the community; on arts projects; in care homes and charities. Some have relatives living with dementia; others have a dementia and others are purely interested in doing something positive to help those living with dementia reach their potential. The focus of bold is to use a mixture of methods to encourage creativity, innovation and personal development.

If you are interested, please have a look at my bold blogs:

I am delighted to be collaborating on the project with all bold partners and my team colleagues:

Prof Brendan McCormack, Head of Divisions of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Art Therapies; Director, Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, both at Queen Margaret University.

Prof Heather Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED), The University of Edinburgh.

Lorna Hill, writer and storyteller & Director at Sharing a Story; Project Facilitator, ECRED, The University of Edinburgh.

Frankie Greenwood, researcher; Project Facilitator, ECRED, The University of Edinburgh.

Alison Bacigalupo, Project Administrator, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

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