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The McKeown Suite at Bangor Care Home achieve runner up in at the Northern Ireland Dementia Achievement Awards

The McKeown Suite, Bangor Care Home, were among the local companies, health care trusts and individuals who have been recognised for their outstanding work with people who have dementia in Northern Ireland, at the Northern Ireland Dementia Achievements Awards in Belfast. The McKeown Suite took runner up in the Staff Team of the Year Category.

Linda Robinson Chief Executive of Age NI, one of the judges, presented the seven awards which included – Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Dementia Education Initiative, Dementia and the Arts, Family Carer of the Year, Staff Team of the Year, Dementia Design Project of the Year, Judges' Award,

Claire Keatinge, Older Persons Commissioner for Northern Ireland said,

"With more and more people living with dementia, it is essential that those working to support them are recognised and encouraged in the vital roles that they play. The Dementia Achievement Awards offer a platform on which to recognise and celebrate the wide range of ways in which so many people make a difference to those living with dementia through working or volunteering, and I am delighted to support this worthy cause.”

The Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre (NI DSDC) which organised the awards received a large number of entries, and judges were impressed by the standard of nominees this year. Funding for the awards was provided by the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and Atlantic Philanthropies.

There are currently 19,000 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland. This figure is expected to rise to 61,000 by 2051. Professor June Andrews, Director of DSDC said,

“It is a great privilege to recognise Northern Ireland people who are making such a huge difference to the lives of families and individuals who are affected by dementia. They all deserve our gratitude”.

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