Carers of any age can now get specialised 1-1 and group support from our dedicated Dementia Support Worker, Sue Grant. Many of you will remember Sue from our Improving Health Outcomes Project a few years ago, that led to the development of some of the regular exercise classes and activities that are still running today.
Specialist Advice, Information and Referrals Sue has been in contact with many of you to find out how you are and what support you would find helpful. We have devised a short questionnaire for you to tell us about the services you access, the difficulties you face and what your interests are. This will help us to provide support that is tailored to your needs. If you are recently registered with us, you will already have received this questionnaire. If not, we can send you another one. We can provide you with details of relevant support for you and the person you care for, including referrals to respite services.
Peer Support and Activities Join one of our dementia carers support groups and meet other carers and make friends. We currently run two monthly groups:
3rd Tuesday every month, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Elderberries Day Centre, Broadmead Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0AD
2nd Thursday every month, 2pm – 4pm
IRDSA Hall, Craven Gardens Barkingside IG6 1PS
These groups are a great opportunity to socialise and find out what’s going on locally, as we often invite speakers to keep you up to date with useful services.
The Thursday group also includes an activity for the person with dementia run by Shelagh Conway, who used to work for the Alzheimers’ Society. This has been so popular this group is now full, but we are developing another group, so watch this space. If you are interested in joining a group with the person you care for please contact me.
Giving You a Voice
We want to hear from carers of someone with dementia to find out about your experiences and ensure that your voice is heard. Our support groups can also be forums, where we invite decision makers along to hear directly from you, about the services that matter, including health and social care. Your feedback can influence
local policy and provision.