Our research project completed in 2012 enhanced the reputation and awareness of the Trust and was well received within the social housing industry. Provided that we do not over commit, we can build on this work and help other organisations develop their services, particularly to older people, and reach a wider audience.
We funded the original project on our own, but will look to work with other organisations in the future. We would overall manage projects, but use external consultants, working to a set brief, to work on specific areas.
Our second project, which took place over fifteen months from October 2012 to December 2013, culminated in a report published to coincide with the Housing LIN annual conference in February 2014. It aims to assist smaller housing associations tailor services to an increasingly older population and we are grateful to Orbit Group for their financial input and strategic guidance.
We started with a survey, which yielded 88 replies, around 30% of those invited to take part. It emerged that just 8% have a dementia strategy and, of those without one, almost a half said they either did not see the need for one or had not yet thought about it.
In taking the project forward, we have again been working with Moyra Riseborough and her team and intend to link up with a range of partners on future work to help achieve the goal of creating dementia friendly organisations.
Progress on our projects can be followed on the dedicated research section of this website and on Twitter @quality_trust.
Our latest research
Over the summer of 2014, researchers Moyra Riseborough and Adrian Jones looked at five small housing associations to track how they changed the way they work and deliver services to their clients to become more dementia friendly. Download the Research Programme 2013 – 2014 Report and easy-to-use practice guides free by clicking on the image below.