Dementia Awareness Week 2017

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

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On 15-19 May 2017, GVA had a successful Dementia Awareness Week campaign this year, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Staff were empowered to use their knowledge about dementia in their roles to crate dementia friendly environments in future.

During the campaign GVA highlighted a different area of dementia friendly design on our intranet that was supported by a poster campaign. A dementia design quiz was also available for staff to test their knowledge. The areas of dementia design covered were:

  1. Colour and contrast
  2. Lighting
  3. Fixtures and fittings
  4. Entrances and exits
  5. Outdoor spaces

There was also a dress down in blue day last Friday, where we asked all out staff to take that action and donate £2, plus a number of other fundraising activities took place across our offices too. In total, with matched funding, we raised just over £4000.


GVA London office had a packed week starting with a fun memory game good for the brain. The game required staff to stare at items on a table for 30 seconds where they then got given 1minute to write down as many as they can remember. We had 6 people scoring well but in the end Emma O’Driscoll took the win with 14 points winning a hamper worth £75. There were in fact 48 objects on the table, so this game was a lot more challenging than it looked! The next day, there was a Ping-Pong tournament which also got quite competitive despite playing in our office meeting room. Well done to our runners up Josh Doble and Kristian Williams, and our winners George Skinner and Adam Cleator (20:22), what a close game! On the Friday, there was a lunch and learn session from the Centre for Accessible Environments. 15 GVA staff learned more about dementia and how to create accessible indoor and outdoor environments. They were also able to ask more personal questions to our experience trainer, Karen Ross.


In Leeds the team united in blue. The team dressed down in blue and had elevensies in the staff room.


In Glasgow the team had a dress down in blue day with the added bonus of being in with a chance of winning a bottle of Prosecco and eating blue cakes!


In Edinburgh the team dressed down in blue and the winner, Scott Todd, who had a blue beard, won an extra day’s annual leave!


The Liverpool office also dressed down in blue and also had a dementia specialist nurse come in from The Royal Liverpool Hospital to run a dementia workshop with the office. The team received bronze level dementia awareness awards, and were also given the opportunity to progress with e-learning modules online. The team gave really great feedback from the workshop.


Cardiff held a Cake Day and dressed down in blue, on a blue sunny day.


The Manchester team held a Manchester Foosball Championship, as well as a bake sale and dress down day.


Our colleagues in Birmingham dressed down in blue and also held a dementia friendly design workshop, which 35 people attended. Also presented by Karen Ross, from the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE).


In Bristol the team dressed down in blue and had a staff photo competition of staff when they were children. The winner, Clare Horrocks, picked 15 of the 28 staff photos.

For further information about our events or our charity partner, the Alzheimer’s Society, contact Corporate Responsibility Executive, or call 020 7911 2944.