What is the Dementia Champions Group?

The Dementia Champions Group (DCG) consists of 15 members with mild to moderate dementia, carers and ex carers, and also welcome new members with mild cognitive impairment. They formed in January 2013 to help Salford City Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group improve the delivery of dementia services and support in Salford for those with dementia and their carers. In line with the Prime Ministers Challenge.

During April 2017 – March 2018 they have given feedback to services to CCG partners Salford Royal, Memory Assessment Treatment Service, Greater Manchester Mental Health, and service providers in the community about what was good and what needs improving for people with dementia and their carers.

The group have produced a document to help people affected by dementia, carers and staff to easily find what support and advice they need at each stage of someone’s journey with dementia. Click here to download the document.

In 2018, they have welcomed people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to discuss preventative measures and raise awareness about MCI and to work with MATS to ensure that these people do not fall through the gaps in receiving support.

Find out more about the Dementia Champions Group

The Salford Dementia Action Alliance (DCG)

The DCG have also been pivotal to the development and ongoing support of Dementia Action Alliance working to make Salford a dementia friendly city.

They have been supporting each stage of the development of

  • The Salford Way Ap with Salford CVS which will advertise all dementia friendly businesses in Salford who have joined the DAA.  They have been involved in a film to promote the AP to gain further funding for development.
  • To support the mapping and development with Salford CVS raising awareness of dementia within the BAME communities
  • Mystery shopping of businesses signed up to the DAA
  • Interview on Salford city radio to raise awareness of how the group and the DAA are working to make Salford a dementia friendly city


The group have supported the consultations at the Citizen Panel events and various other CCG / SCC consultations & campaigns and raised awareness around

  • The development of the new Safeguarding Strategy
  • The development of the new Carers Strategy
  • The development of the new Mental Health For All Ages Strategy
  • The Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • The Big Conversation
  • The flu jab
  • Winter Warmth

Supporting SRFT and university research for the Guardian Angel project funded by the CCG to work in partnership with Salix Homes to equip 200 homes in Salford with sensors for frail elderly to look at how ill health may be prevented or detected earlier.

Supporting the activities organised by service providers in Dementia Awareness Week.

Work they decided to undertake themselves in 2017:

  • Raising awareness in their GPs about the “Power in our hands” pack
  • Joining their GP patient panels
  • Supporting the making and distribution of twiddlemitts in partnership with CCG staff.
  • Visiting a new residential / nursing home in Blackburn to give feedback to the commissioner.
  • Linking in with Salford University to support the research around young onset dementia.

Awards for 2017

  • In the annual awards of the Association of Healthcare Communications and Marketing (AHCM), Salford CCG were 'highly commended' for the Best Partnership Award for Embracing the Dementia Challenge an event co-produced in 2016 with the Salford Dementia Champions Group to celebrate those living with dementia.
  • In May 2017 the CCG had their first awards evening and the group and their Development Worker won their category of “putting the patient first”.
  • They were also invited by the Ceremonial Mayor for afternoon tea and presented with the Salford Citizens Award for their work in raising awareness supporting Salford to become a dementia friendly city.
  • In December they won CVS Heart of Salford “Volunteering Team of the Year” out of many team who were nominated.

We need new members!

The Salford Dementia Champions Group are looking to recruit new members to ensure they are able to continue to support the CCG, partnering organisations and service providers in helping Salford become a dementia friendly city.

The group are working with the GP practices at the moment, their Patient Participation Panels (PPGs) and their practice Dementia Champion to support all practices in Salford to become dementia friendly, and able to offer Dementia Friends training to staff and patients.

The group are looking for people who have early onset dementia and their family carers maybe interested in this type of volunteering and who may want to be involved helping to shape the dementia health and social care services in Salford in line with the Prime Ministers Challenge. This includes supporting the development of the Salford Dementia Action Alliance, which is now the largest in the UK

If you have any queries, please contact caroline.allport@nhs.net Or call 0161 212 4953.

Work for 2017/18

  • To support GP’s to deliver the Salford Dementia Standard working with the practice Dementia Champion and the patient panels.
  • To support the delivery of dementia awareness sessions throughout the city supporting the DAA in making Salford a dementia friendly city.
  • Support the delivery of events during Dementia Action Week in May
  • To continue to support the research around the Guardian Angel project
  • To continue supporting services and people who have MCI
  • Continue to consult with the GGC and partners
  • Supporting the consultation of organisations applying for funding for dementia projects through CCG innovation monies.
  • To support the work of Dementia United and share best practice with others in the GM areas.
  • Supporting the CCG Citizen Panel events
  • Link in with the Young onset group “Chapel Champions”.
  • Continue to link in with the Dementia Carers Group.
  • Link in with the research programmes at the Dementia Hub at Salford University.

Salford Dementia Charter


Contact Caroline Allport

img94joktmu76351.jpgFor more information, please contact Caroline Allport on 0161 212 4953 or e mail caroline.allport@nhs.net