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Harmonia Village on TV

7th June 2019

Harmonia Village featured on TV and radio!

Harmonia Village featured on BBC South East TV bulletins on Friday 7th June and was showcased on BBC iPlayer for 24-hours. It also featured on BBC Radio Kent bulletins throughout the day and on their drivetime programme. It also made the national news agenda. In case you missed it, watch the video of Harmonia Village appearing on BBC Southeast here: https://vimeo.com/340978200

Harmonia Village World Cafe Event

6 March 2019

The Harmonia Village Hub provides an opportunity to do something different to support people living with dementia that compliments and enhances existing services and organisations in Dover. To establish what that “something” might be, the Harmonia Village project team wanted to start by challenging their assumptions about what the system is like for people living and working with dementia now.

Jo Seeley, Darzi Fellow with Harmonia Village, hosted a World Café on 6th March at St Radigund’s Centre in Dover. The event provided an opportunity to do just that: understand what it is like now, living or working with dementia, why is it like it is, and how can the Hub help.

The World Café was attended by people living with dementia, their families, community organizations, charities, health and social care workers and members of the Harmonia Village project team. There was a fantastic turn out at the event, with honest, open contributions from all those who came. Juli Dosad, a Kent-based graphic recorder, beautifully captured the stories and experiences about the strengths and weaknesses that currently exist within the system, as well as the ideas about how the Hub could best be used.

The Harmonia Village team will use the record of this community conversation to create a mission statement for the Hub, and look forward to hosting more events to build on the ideas for innovative and creative working and, as one attendee put it “design services with the person in the centre, not the organizations”.  


13 November 2018
A short ground-breaking ceremony was held to mark the commencement of construction. There was also a brief presentation on the project showing the architectural drawings and models of how the finished site will look. Lots of support was shown, including Dover's Mayor who helped us to break the ground!

Ground-breaking at Harmonia

11 November 2018
Members of The Harmonia at Dover Project team were invited along to the House of Lords to discuss the Harmonia Village Music Strategy and the role of music in dementia friendly communities

1 November 2018 
Construction work commences at The Harmonia Village at Dover

5 June 2018 
Planning approval for the The Harmonia Village at Dover has now been received from Dover District Council.

Charlie Elphicke, Henry Quinn and Philip Brighton at Dementia Centre of Excellence site

Charlie Elphick MP visits the site of the Harmonia Village at Dover to learn more about the project and gives it his support.

 Watch a short video by Charlie on his Facebook page

Pictured (left) from left to right:
  • Dr. Phil Brighton - The Harmonia Village at Dover clinical lead
  • Charlie Elphick - MP for Dover and Deal
  • Henry Quinn – The Harmonia Village at Dover Project Lead