About Us

Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDCNI) is based in Belfast and provides service throughout the island of Ireland.

Our Mission

We were set up in 2007 as a result of significant joint investment by the Northern Ireland Government and the international charitable foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies. The Dementia Services Development Trust (DSDT), the charity which stands behind DSDC, was awarded a further £1.2m for a period of three years from April 2012.

The award was made:

  • to improve the lives of people with dementia
  • to influence practice and policy by providing education, training and consultancy to carers, nursing and medical staff, and others involved in dementia support
  • to support implementation of the Northern Ireland Regional Dementia Strategy.

International Links

DSDC in Northern Ireland offers a range of Services modelled on the highly successful Dementia Services Development Centre based in the University of Stirling - which has been working to improve the lives of people with dementia across the world for over 20 years. It has received international recognition and won awards for its pioneering work on design, training and knowledge and its advocacy for evidence-based change.

The full range of DSDC services can be accessed via the team in Northern Ireland or directly via the website. Although set up as a self-contained resource, the team in Northern Ireland have direct access to all the latest resources, thinking and support available from the larger Stirling DSDC, whose staff provide additional expertise.

Funding and Support

DSDC is independent and depends on charitable donations and grants as its main source of income. It is grateful to the Northern Ireland Government and Atlantic Philanthropies for their continuing support.

If you would like to support the work of DSDC please Donate here.