Our Project Aim

To develop and grow  sustainable dementia-friendly communities in East Ayrshire with and for older people with dementia living in care homes and those who support them, enabling them to enjoy the best possible quality of life.

We Hope to…

Find out what matters to people in care homes living with dementia and those who support them.

Use this learning about what matters to people to enable people in care homes living with dementia to live the best lives possible.

Use this learning to deepen our understanding of the concept of community as it relates to care homes, and particularly what an experience of a dementia-friendly community would look and feel like.

Work together to imagine and co-create; to innovate and collaborate.

When, Where and with Whom

Duration of Project: 3 years. November 2017- November 2020. Project Launch Event Feb 2017.

Location: Care homes and the wider community in East Ayrshire

Who will be involved: Care home residents, visiting family and friends, care home managers and staff, volunteers, community and social groups, dementia-focused organisations, healthcare professionals, Care Inspectorate staff, health and social care organisations, University staff and students, My Home Life UK community and others who we will discover or who will discover us over the next three years.

Kinections Latest News – June 2020

You are cordially invited to catch up with the latest learning from the Kinections team, where we have been reading and are sharing research from around the world on dementia-friendly communities in care homes. This Community Bulletin is the first of an ongoing series, so please do visit our website from time-to-time for updates.

Kinections Resources

Ideas for bringing music and songs into dementia-friendly care home communities

The Blueprint Resource was originally created as a way of inviting collaborative thinking at the beginning of a research project, it could also potentially be used in the planning and setting up of any new initiative, study or project, including PhD’s.

Blueprints – a resource for project planning

The purpose of the Iceberg Tool is to draw our attention to the ‘below the surface’ parts of ourselves, and the people around us and help us think more about how we find out about the things that are ‘below the surface’.

Iceberg Idea Tool

A creative use of postcards to spark conversations with residents, relatives, visiting family and friends and staff.

Kinections Postcard Activity

Communities Qualities Cards

These cards can be used to encourage conversations about the qualities of people who are part of your care home community.

Who might use these

  • Care home staff
  • Residents
  • Relatives
  • Anyone who visits the home


  • Getting to know new residents/relatives/staff
  • Meetings such as review meetings, relative/residents meetings or supervision
  • Over a cuppa in the lounge

Full Communities Qualities Pack downloads

Community Qualities Reflection Tool

A tool to help people get to know the big and small things about each other. It is based on the idea that what helps to build community is when we find about all the things that are important to the other person; and that because they’re important to them we want to know more about them.

Both pictures and words are used in this resource in order to capture people’s attention, and may lead them to think about and share about others.

Picture Knowing Me Downloadable PDF



Kinections News

Past Events

Record Store

Resources for building our community

Knowing Me, Knowing You

Lounging Around Sketchbook 

Local Stories and Legends Lounging Around Booklet 2019 (1)

Human rights in care homes resource – Rights Blether Map

Storytelling Resources

External resources related to Kindness

Your Stories have Legs

Emotion Cards 2019

To Hear More

If you would like to hear more about the project or may like to become involved please contact edel.roddy@uws.ac.uk or follow us on twitter @KinectionsEA


This work is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust. The Trust is funded by the Big Lottery :