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Greater Moments

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Do you want to be part of an exciting and innovative new project that captures the lived experience of those affected by Dementia?

What?

Dementia United have commissioned Social Sense and Hitch to develop a “Lived Experience Barometer” to measure in real time the experience of people living with dementia and those who care for them. This will help inform and enable improvements required locally and across Greater Manchester.

Greater Moments is a web-based platform that includes several features that will provide a range of benefits to the user.

Benefits

  • Tracking wellbeing – Understanding your moods helps you manage them and feel better faster. If you are more aware of your moods, you may be able to better manage your lifestyle choices, make informed health decisions, prevent or avoid triggers of negative moods, and work towards a better quality of life.
  • Localised information – We also want to provide an easier way for individuals to connect within their communities in meaningful ways, which we also know can significantly improve purpose and wellbeing.
  • Scheduling events – A daily agenda may be able to help a person with dementia cope with their short-term memory loss. Establishing a predictable pattern of events can help transfer the schedule of a daily routine into the long-term memory portion of the brain, helping a person retain their ability to perform activities of daily life.
  • Service rating – By rating your experiences of services, activities or events, we want to identify and highlight good practice to others affected by dementia. The information collected will also help local commissioning raise standards of services locally and nationally.
  • Reflective journaling – “Not only can journaling ease the stress of a person with dementia, it’s an excellent mental exercise to keep the mind active.” – Laura Bowley, The Benefits of Journaling for Caregivers and People with Dementia, Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia; Twitter: @mindsetdementia

Why?

Our aim is to create something that focuses not on the dementia, but the person and those around them. We want to capture everything that is positive, for example friendships and achievements alongside thoughts, feelings and concerns.

Our shared ambition is to take this far beyond a measurement tool. We’re driven most by the potential for our combined knowledge and technologies to significantly and measurably improve lives.

We’re now looking for 50 people to help us test and inform future direction – and we’d love to PICK you!

PICK

Who?

We are looking for anyone who is registered with a Clinical Commissioning Group within Greater Manchester who have a dementia diagnosis, their family and their carers.

We also want to speak to anyone who is interested in volunteering their time to support the engagement of the Greater Moments platform.

When?

We are now at the exciting development stage of the digital platform build and expect to launch Greater Moments to the first 50 users by the end of March 2020.

In the lead up to the launch, we will be running several training sessions providing users and volunteers information and practical guidance on how to use the platform.

Are you interested in becoming one of our first 50 users?

For more information visit:
www.greatermoments.co.uk

or

Contact Ross McCooey on:
ross@socialsense.co.uk

 

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There’s more than one way to build resilience

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By Gary Lovatt

Working intensively with partners from Health, Crime and Education it’s hard to get through a meeting these days without the mention of needing to build ‘better resilience’ in young people.

Indeed it’s refreshing that after years of apparent compartmentalisation of behaviours into different areas (alcohol, smoking, sexual activity, anti-social behaviour, self-harming etc) we’re learning that attitudes and behaviours generally start with addressing the protective factors that allow young people to make better, informed choices.

So how do you achieve and measure resilience? The answer is that you need to adopt a multi-targeted strategy, starting with examining the determinants of those behaviours in more detail. Read the rest of this entry »

Can we use Social Norms to predict the future?

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The eternal challenge when commissioning any mainstream preventative programme in health, crime or education is to measure the ‘what if’ in one, three, five or ten years’ time.

Sometimes the ‘what if’ is about defining how many smokers might have been reduced or the levels of abstention from alcohol resulting from correcting social norms.

Sometimes it is about the impacts that can be generated around protective behaviours, i.e. the improved confidence, resilience or self-esteem young people will benefit from by being involved in a particular programme.

As a socially driven, values based organisation, we are acutely aware of our responsibilities to evidence the impacts we are making with young people through our programmes.

Uni of SalfordThis is primarily the reason we embarked on a 30-month Knowledge Based Partnership (KTP) with the University of Salford. Not only did we want to be independently challenged, we wanted to apply the lessons we have learned to pioneer new territories of research.
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Exciting Graduate Opportunity

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1We currently have an exciting Graduate position to offer as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Salford.

We are recruiting for a Graduate Data Scientist to join us full time on a 30 month collaborative project with the University. This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to apply social science and data mining skills to a huge social norms data set. They will gain invaluable ‘industry’ experience whilst broadening their knowledge from commercial and academic mentors. They will also benefit from a Personal Development budget of £5,000 and the opportunity to register (free of charge) for a postgraduate research qualification. Read the rest of this entry »