Meeting Centres Support Programme: UK MeetingDem National Conference

21 March 2017 University of Worcester Arena, Severn Campus, Hylton Road, Worcester WR2 5JN

The Meeting Centres Support Programme (MCSP) was developed following a community needs assessment in the Netherlands. There are now 142 Dutch centres, with a national infrastructure that local groups can utilise to bring on new centres. Dutch research has demonstrated positive outcomes for people with dementia and for family carers.

Since 2013, the University of Worcester's Association for Dementia Studies has been part of an EU Joint Programme for Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND) research project, MeetingDem, with the aim of implementing and evaluating the Dutch MCSP model in the UK, Italy and Poland, and assessing what country-specific adaptations were necessary. This has involved translating MCSP concepts and practicalities into a new country context and then assessing the benefits and cost effectiveness. Pilot Meeting Centres have been successfully implemented in all the countries in 2015 following a 12-month period of collaborative community engagement.

This conference reports on the implementation, user feedback and effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of MCSP for the first time in the UK. It is expected that many delegates will already understand what a Meeting Centre Support Programme delivers for people living with dementia, families and localities. For those who do not, the main film on the MeetingDem webpage provides a good overview. 

There will be 12 round tables focusing on how it could work with the following drivers:

  • The Dementia Care Pathway
  • Collaboration between local health and care providers
  • Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Universities and dementia
  • Housing and Extra Care housing
  • Workforce skills and competencies.


  • To present the key findings for the first time in the UK from the three-year JPND funded MeetingDem research programme for the first time within the UK
  • To reflect on how this evidence-based effective innovation for supporting people with dementia and their families could become part of the dementia care pathway in the UK.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who is interested in community support of people and families affected by dementia
  • Those living with dementia and family carers
  • Health and social care providers
  • Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Universities
  • Housing.

The conference is free but there are limited places, so please book your place  early at Eventbrite