ECL Chelmsford (Charles Dickens) achieves gold accreditation from Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling

The Charles Dickens team were overjoyed to receive such an accolade as they have put great efforts into transforming the Older People Day Service environment. Several other ECL Older People Day Services are hot on the heels of Charles Dicken’s with their building makeovers, so we are hopeful of further accreditations.

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The ECL Chelmsford - Charles Dickens Day Service is an impressive and impactful specialist dementia day service. Despite the relatively small size of the centre, DSDC Auditors were very impressed by the centre's approach to creating inviting, dementia-inclusive spaces which offer a variety of meaningful activities. The team at the Charles Dickens were clearly very passionate about ensuring their centre was designed to support people with dementia. They embraced the most recent evidence-based dementia-design principles (our Dementia-Design Audit Tool) and took on the challenge of obtaining a 'Gold' accreditation within an existing building. This is not an easy task, but they did it! I commend them on achieving this level of excellence.

Lesley Palmer, Chief Architect, Dementia Services Development Centre

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