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Past Projects

Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Service Development Project


Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services (ADSS) hosted a BME Service Development Project to promote awareness in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley. 

Dementia awareness presentations, focus groups, were the main contact for BME referrals in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley.  This enabled people from BME communities to access relevant services and signposts carers to other support services.  Literature in several community languages is still available for service users.

As part of the wider West Kent role ,there is an availability as a resource to organisations in a consultative capacity on BME issues.  Another part of the role consististed of networking with other statutory and voluntary agencies in West Kent in order to develop multicultural services and improve BME uptake of dementia services. 


GP Early Intervention Project


Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services (ADSS) was awarded Big Lottery funding for a five year project to work with 30 GP surgeries in the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley area to raise awareness of dementia among patients aged 65 – 75 years.

The project encouraged patients to seek help for memory problems, thereby facilitating earlier diagnosis, medical intervention and access to support services to patients and their carers.

We have produced a template for GPs to follow when seeing patients presenting with memory problems. Patients aged 65 – 75 are sent information on memory matters together with a letter from their surgery encouraging them to see their GP/Nurse Practitioner if they have any concerns. All leaflets and letters are produced by ADSS and agreed by the surgery staff. There is no cost to the GPs involved in the project and each practice is encouraged to develop and expand their dementia register.

Participating surgeries offered appointments to patients responding to the letter within an agreed period (approximately 4 – 6 weeks) and keep records of the number of patients responding. ADSS supplies forms for recording information needed for the project.

Workshops and/or information on dementia awareness and carer’s issues are provided for staff at each surgery as necessary and patients identified to have cognitive impairment can be referred on to ADSS for support and services.

The project is reached 15,000 people in the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley area over the five years of the project.

The Project has now been finalised and a full report will be available in the next ew weeks.  Please contact a member of the team for More information on 01474 533990 or Email:

Early intervention in dementia care in an Asian community - Lessons from a dementia collaborative project by Viniti Seabrooke and Alisoun Milne

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