Evaluation of the Good Life Festival: a model for co-produced dementia events
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Evaluation of the Good Life Festival: a model for co-produced dementia events

Beth Luxmoore Quality improvement lead, NHS North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks, England
Claire Marrett Engagement co-ordinator, Salford Institute for Dementia, University of Salford, Manchester, England
Lesley Calvert Living with dementia, Frederick Road Campus, University of Salford, Manchester, England
Sam Calvert Carer, Frederick Road Campus, University of Salford, Manchester, England
Pat Foy Carer, Frederick Road Campus, University of Salford, Manchester, England
Emma Smith Service director, Salford Adventures, Manchester, England
Elizabeth Collier Lecturer, Mental health, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester, England

This article presents an evaluation of the Good Life Festival, an event co-produced by people living with dementia, Salford University Dementia Institute, Alzheimer’s Society Salford and Salford Adventures. Co-production was a new way of working and was important because people living with dementia said they would like an event organised ‘for people with dementia by people with dementia’. A dementia-friendly evaluation form was circulated at the event. Of the 80 people who attended, 35 completed the evaluation form, all of whom said they enjoyed the event. Of these, 32 (91%) had learned something new and 27 (77%) left feeling more positive about living with dementia. Event attendees and organisers also provided qualitative feedback. Recommendations based on what we learned from planning and running the event are provided, which include having a media strategy in place and to send a follow-up letter to remind people about the information about resources/services advertised on the day.

Mental Health Practice. 21, 6,26-31. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1275

Correspondence

e.collier@salford.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

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Received: 27 June 2017

Accepted: 28 September 2017