Phase One

The first phase of Memory-Friendly Neighbourhoods took place in 2014.

During this phase, we set up the Memory-Friendly Neighbourhoods website and established a Network of people from around the world who are interested in what makes a good, lifelong, inclusive neighbourhood for a person whose life is affected by dementia.

We also held two events to bring the Network members together.


Our first event was held in June 2014 in Glasgow. It focused on international ideas and best practice.

The programme combined short talks by eight invited speakers with interactive activities.

Our second event was held in September 2014 in Glasgow and Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire. This event focused on Scottish ideas and best practice.

The two-day programme combined short talks by nine invited speakers with an evening lecture and a day of walking-based activities with local older people and service providers in East Dunbartonshire.


Our 2014 activities were supported by staff at the Scottish University Insights Institute, who assisted with events co-ordination, and by the team at DementiaMap, who set-up our website and helped record our events.

Our partners included the Centre for Dementia Research at the University of Linkoping (Sweden), Alzheimer Scotland, Anderson Bell Christie architects and Architecture and Design Scotland.

We would particularly like to thank East Dunbartonshire Council and Anderson Bell Christie architects for their assistance with our site-based work in Kirkintilloch.