After months of planning and preparation, here it is. We hope you like it.

One of the less obvious things to anyone visiting the new BRACE website is that we have set out to make it dementia-friendly. Though most people using the website will not have dementia, we want to make sure that those who do can make full use of it like anyone else.

We took advice and looked up best practice. Designing websites that consider the special needs of people with dementia is a discipline in its infancy. The website designers we used were intrigued by our request and it’s fair to say that they learned with us. They found current advice on dementia-friendly website design and applied it.

We prepared further by testing the prototype of the website on a dementia campaigner who himself has dementia, and he was very enthusiastic. Since then, of course, we have added lots of content and had to change some aspects of the site plan, so I hope we haven’t strayed too far from our original ambitions.

In order to make the website dementia friendly, there were some key principles to follow. For example, the navigation needed to be clear and not unnecessarily complicated. Most of us appreciate clear navigation, anyway. Another principle was to be careful about the language, avoiding needlessly long sentences.

Despite these efforts and the intentions underlying them, I know we haven’t got it completely right. There will be long rambling sentences (many of them mine!). There will be elements of the navigation that could be clearer.

We would like to know what you think. Please email me personally if you spot something that isn’t helpful – [email protected]. If we can fix it, we will.

I have to admit that one bit of advice left us completely stumped in respect of the research pages of the website – “avoid jargon or language that is too technical or scientific”. Now there’s a challenge.