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BOLD – Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia


The Life Changes Trust is investing £2.5 million over five years in two ground-breaking initiatives that will support people with dementia and unpaid carers to become experts, leaders and influencers in the dementia world in Scotland. Funding commenced in 2019.

A School of Leadership (‘Bold’) and a National Forum for Dementia Policy and Practice ('About dementia: shaping our worlds together') will, for the first time, scrutinise policy, practice and provision through the lens of those with first-hand expertise, so that Scotland can become an exemplar in how people with dementia can live meaningful, fully supported and involved lives.

Bold will be delivered by the University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University.

The project name – Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia - recognises that, across Scotland, many people of all ages and from all walks of life, including people living with dementia, are already taking a lead, making a difference and finding their place in the ‘dementia world'. They need to learn from existing leaders in Scotland and worldwide - and existing leaders need to learn from them. They need mentoring and opportunities to grow in their skills and confidence. 

Bold is an opportunity to bring these different types of leaders together on an equal footing. It is providing free leadership development opportunities to new and emergent leaders to unlock their potential, help them develop their knowledge and skills and build stronger networks so that they can be integral to leading positive change.

Those who participate will be given the opportunity to also learn from each other, forming relationships and networks that will last for many years.  They will identify skills and knowledge gaps and address them so that leaders are developed to become more confident and influential. 

Together they will influence dementia policy and practice in Scotland - locally and nationally - so that the needs of people with dementia, their families and unpaid carers are met and their lives fundamentally transformed for the better. As the project grows, it will evolve and adjust to the feedback received from the parties involved. 

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