Dementia Centred

By Lynda Hutton

September 20th, 2017

Dementia education for family carers and volunteers

The Dementia Services Development Centre’s (DSDC) dementia education training programme has been launched in Stirling for family carers and volunteers supporting someone with a diagnosis of dementia. The four hour training workshops will cover aspects of dementia care that many people find difficult and provide practical solutions. All the training will be completely free of charge.

Who can attend?
The carers days have been built for family carers and volunteers who care for or support someone in their role who has a diagnosis of dementia.

Where will the sessions be held?
Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA

Workshops will be held mid-morning on the last Friday of every month (except in December and January) starting from October 2017 and running to November 2018. Each one will last for around four hours and is completely free to attend. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

How will family carers benefit?
A diagnosis of dementia can be stressful and life changing. All too often there is a lack of support and information available for family carers. These workshops have been developed to provide family carers with the information and skills they need. The workshops are also a fantastic opportunity to meet neighbours who are in a similar situation; it can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation while being a source of reassurance.

How will volunteers benefit?
With more people with dementia living in communities, there is a growing reliance on third sector organisations to support them. Many of the services in the community that people with dementia and their carers grow to rely on are staffed by volunteers. This training will provide volunteers with an understanding of dementia and provide practical solutions to scenarios they may encounter. This will give them the confidence to better support those they help in the community.

How is it funded?
DSDC has partnered with Town Break, Stirling Carers Centre, Royal Voluntary Service, Food Train, Crossroads and SSAFA to be successfully awarded a grant from the RS Macdonald to run these carers sessions.

For more information & to book your place
Please contact DSDC on 01786 467740 or at dementia@stir.ac.uk . Spaces at each session are limited, so please contact DSDC in advance to secure your place. 

Come along to our launch event on Wednesday 25th October - book your place now!

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