Training, education and awareness are crucial for people involved in caring for those with dementia.

The Contented Dementia Trust promotes the lifelong well-being of people with dementia by providing a range of courses and services to carers.

The SPECAL Photograph Album understanding of dementia is a central component of all our courses and provides a unique model that explains why and how lifelong well-being can be achieved.

Our Family & Friends workshops are designed for those who are personally concerned about a family member or friend with dementia.

We also offer training for health and social care professionals whose work brings them into contact with people with dementia.

Over the years, the Contented Dementia Trust has identified the need for some bespoke courses, which we now offer. Please contact directly so that we may discuss your particular requirements.

Virtual Burford

The SPECAL method sees dementia as a disability that can be managed with remarkable success, not as an irreversible medical condition to be defeated.

The SPECAL method offers a set of counter-intuitive but highly effective communication tools which enable carers to adapt their behaviour to take account of the disability as experienced by the person living with dementia.

We have been amazed at the distances people from both family and professional backgrounds have been prepared to travel, until very recently, to attend our introductory courses at our Centre of Excellence in Burford, and delighted that they have found this such a positive investment of their resources. We have then been able to offer distance support by arrangement via Skype, telephone or email, to take their understanding of the SPECAL method and its associated tools and techniques to a higher level. We have been slowly developing our distance learning programme in this way, limiting access to it to those people who could travel to Burford in order to kick-start the learning and mentoring process.

The arrival of Covid-19 has made it imperative that all our training from now on can be delivered online. Our focus is now therefore on the design of a ‘Virtual Burford’ introductory course, to be delivered remotely: this will not only provide support to the many carers seeking our help in the current care home crisis, but will also open up our higher level coaching and training regardless of whereabouts in the world people live. This is an exciting development for us, and our aim is to make Virtual Burford available as from early June.

The dates of forthcoming services will be posted on the website shortly. In the meantime, please send any expressions of interest via email to

Burford will continue to be our Centre of Excellence, a role it has fulfilled for the past thirty years in ensuring that the SPECAL method is constantly evaluated and refined in order to remain at the cutting edge of dementia services. The charitable aim of Contented Dementia Trust continues to be the promotion of sustainable well-being for people with dementia and their carers , 24 hours a day, every day, for life.