|On 23 February 2011, Clore Social Fellow, Neil Mapes, launched his research project: Living with dementia and connecting with nature looking back and stepping forwards. The launch event took place at the offices of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Hoxton, London
Neil conducted a multi-faceted research project including: a literature scoping study; collating narrative and anecdotal evidence; a filmed walking interview with Brian and June, a couple living with dementia, and an experts survey.
An inspiring and informative 'walking interview' film was shown to an audience with special guests including Brian and June and their granddaughter. Researchers, practitioners and experts in the field of dementia, as well Clore Social Fellows and members of the Clore Social Leadership Programme staff discussed this innovative research and how it can be disseminated to people working in the social sector and beyond.
All Clore Social Fellows carry out a piece of practice-based research as part of their Fellowship, in order to strengthen their skills as critical users of research, and to help develop the evidence base for the social sector. Neil Mapes chose to focus on dementia, as this is an issue he is passionate about. Neil established Dementia Adventure, a community interest company, which was featured in the research.