DRILL: £37,765 for new research project in Belfast coproduced with people with dementia announced


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DRILL: £37,765 for new research project in Belfast coproduced with people with dementia announced

30 November 2016

Queen’s University Belfast, Dementia NI and Ulster University have been awarded £37,765 as part of a £5 million programme on independent living for disabled people.

The project will seek to inform and influence decisions made about the Dementia NI service.  The project is one of the first projects to be awarded funding from the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a five year scheme led by disabled people and funded by Big Lottery Fund.

The project will be coproduced with people with dementia who will be working alongside academics and policy makers.

Alan Sheeran, Chair of the DRILL Northern Ireland National Advisory Group, said:

“I am very pleased to see money on the ground being used to do real academic research on disability in Northern Ireland.  I am particularly happy that the Dementia Northern Ireland is one of the first projects here to be funded by DRILL.  Most importantly disabled people have be involved in making the decision to fund this project, and will also be involved in designing and coproducing the research.”

Paul Best from Queen’s University Belfast, said:

“The research team at Queen's University Belfast are looking forward to working with Dementia NI on this DRILL funded project. We hope this collaboration will lead to a new understanding of 'empowerment' in relation to services for those diagnosed with Dementia.”

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, added:

“We are delighted to see this grant being awarded to Queen’s University Belfast as part of the DRILL programme. We know the issue of dementia is affecting more and more people and we are looking forward to hearing about the outcomes of this important piece of research.”

Launched in 2015, the DRILL programme is fully funded by Big Lottery Fund and delivered by Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland, Disability Rights UK and Disability Wales. DRILL is expecting to fund up to 40 research pilots and projects over a 5-year period, all led by disabled people.  Around £600,000 will be allocated in the next round of applications from across the UK. An announcement is due in February 2017. Further calls for potential projects will be made between 2017 and 2019. More information on DRILL is available at www.drilluk.org.uk


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Notes to editors:

The DRILL programme is being delivered by by Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland, Disability Rights UK and Disability Wales.

So far DRILL has awarded a total of £392,935.17 to 10 projects across the UK – Visit DRILLUK website for further details.

Each country has a National Advisory Group, including disabled people, academics and policy makers, who provide advice, scrutinise research proposals, make recommendations and help promote and disseminate the findings.  A Central Research Committee, made up of disabled people, academics and policy influencers from across the UK makes the final decision on which research proposals receive funding.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.

It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

Details of the NI DRILL project

Lead PartnerProjectValue
QUB, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social WorkA translational case study of empowerment in practice: An  evaluation of the Dementia NI Service£37,765

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