School of Health in Social Science


bold Scotland is a five-year project and stands for Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia. It is an innovative, creative and interactive social leadership programme for people across Scotland which recognises that across Scotland many people of all ages and from all walks of life, including persons living with dementia, are already taking a lead, making a difference and finding their place in the ‘dementia world'.

bold will bring these different types of leaders together on an equal footing. It is providing free social leadership development opportunities to new and emergent leaders to help them develop their leadership skills and build stronger networks so that they can grow in confidence and have greater impact.



What does bold hope to achieve?

bold believes that everyone should be able to flourish throughout their lives. We hope to grow a movement of leaders in communities across Scotland.

We will challenge the common view of dementia as a personal tragedy shared only by close family members. We hope to replace this with the understanding that flourishing is achievable for everyone, that we are all living with dementia in different ways, and can all make positive contributions.

Through the actions of bold leaders and the wider community, we hope to contribute to Scotland being a place where: having dementia doesn’t matter for who I am as a person or how I live my life.


Who are these different types of leader?

You don’t have to be in a formal position of authority to be a leader. A ‘bold leader’ is someone who is already making a difference and finding his or her place in ‘the dementia world’ - someone who would welcome the opportunity to further develop as a leader and build stronger networks, to become more confident and influential. bold is looking for all sorts of new and emergent leaders from across Scotland who are making a difference in lots of different ways – in their neighbourhoods, groups, communities, workplaces - the world around them.

Below are just some examples of possible Bold leaders:

  • Persons with dementia
  • Carers/family members
  • Neighbours
  • People concerned about their own future memory loss
  • Dementia-friendly community leads
  • People working for social care, NHS and third sector services
  • Faith group ‘leaders’ and volunteers
  • Organisers of inclusive lunch, walking and sporting groups
  • Youth workers and young people
  • People working in theatres, cinemas, libraries, shops, post offices
  • People working for housing, leisure, transport, home delivery, gas, electric, care and repair services…


How can I get involved?

You can also follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with our work. To find out more or see how you can get involved visit the bold website.

bold website



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This project is funded by the Life Changes Trust. Some of our partners on the project include Queen Margaret University Age Scotland.