Why we exist
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. It costs the UK economy £26.3 billion a year and can ruin the lives of people living with it and those that care for them.
The DAA is attempting to bring about a society-wide response to dementia. At a national level the DAA has begun to shape policy and attitudes. Locally we galvanise action by coordinating and supporting Local Dementia Action Alliances.
Signing up nationally or locally
To become a member, organisations sign up to the National Dementia Declaration for England and submit an Action Plan setting out how they are delivering the outcomes described in the Declaration.
Members are classed as either national or local depending on whether they have an ambition to deliver outcomes nationally or on a regional/local level.
Local Dementia Action Alliances
Once a sufficient level of membership has been established, you can join a Local Alliance in your area if you have not done so already and meetings will convene. They initially focus on general awareness-raising, campaigns like Dementia Friends, and partnership working in their specific area. They are recommended vehicles for developing dementia-friendly communities.
How we operate
The Dementia Action Alliance is supported by a Secretariat funded through voluntary financial and in kind contributions from members. It is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society and works to a programme agreed by the whole membership and people living with dementia and their carers who attend our sessions.