The first Getting Along© programme gets the green light

Project Lead: Innovations in Dementia associate, Damian Murphy
Tel: 07927 405 854 e-mail:

News Release

October 2014
Innovations in Dementia has been awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant which will fund a pilot of the Uk’s first Getting Along© programme in York that supports couples where one person has been diagnosed with dementia

‘I have lost count of the number of times I have gone in to people’s houses and found them questioning the validity of decades of marriage because neither understood the impact of the dementia upon the relationship,’
says Damian Murphy, project lead and York-based associate of Innovations in Dementia.

The Getting Along© project will work with couples TOGETHER on the unattended antagonisms that frequently occur within relationships where one partner has a dementia. This can often result in the person with dementia losing a voice within their own home, gaps between respite and crises shortening and an avoidable early and permanent separation.

The Getting Along© project can make a real difference in equipping couples at an early stage face up to the presence of a dementia in their midst.

Innovations in Dementia Community Interest Company works with people with dementia, partner organisations and professionals to help people keep control of their lives. They do this through running a range of innovative projects that test out and disseminate positive ways of working to enable people to live well with dementia.

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.

The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 we have awarded close to £6bn.

The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006

For more information and a referral contact Damian Murphy – details above

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