DSDC News

By Sean Hughes

January 18th, 2016

Free training for carers in North East and Cumbria

Do you care for someone with dementia? You could be entitled to free training and support.

The 10 Helpful Hints Training programme has been launched in the North East and Cumbria to help family carers who support a person with dementia

The 10 Helpful Hints Training Day

This training has been designed to help carers support a person with dementia. It covers aspects of dementia care that many people find difficult, such as distressed behaviour, sleeplessness and agitation. It was developed by talking to family carers and discovering what matters to them.

What does the training offer?

  • Features practical advice that is based on research into what makes a difference
  • Organised by the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.
  • Delivered by experienced dementia training staff from DSDC
  • Completely FREE OF CHARGE

The 10 Helpful Hints Training for Carers has been fully funded by the Dementia Fund. The partners in the fund are Comic Relief, the Ballinger Trust and the Northern Rock Foundation.

Most people with dementia live at home and can place a burden of providing care on family and friends who take on the responsibility of looking after them. Most carers of people with dementia are older people themselves, and very few receive any formal support to look after the person they care for, or to protect their own health and wellbeing. It is clear that family carers of people with dementia in the UK still experience a great deal of unmet need.

Can other Groups attend training?

Local support groups and voluntary agencies are invited to attend the workshops, both to share information about their services, and to take part in discussions. As well as communicating what they offer in the way of support, this engagement allows them to hear what family carers say, and therefore to develop their services in line with expressed need. At each workshop we will source local support groups and voluntary agencies to attend in order to reach those who do not have access to such support.  Examples of these organisations include:

  • Fire Service
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Parkinsons UK
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Library Services
  • Carers Support Organisations
  • Crossroads Caring and Carers
  • Caring Memories/Sporting Memories
  • Gardening and Horticulture Charities

How long do the sessions last?

From experience and feedback we know that the timings for such a session are crucial to enable people to access them, so sessions are held from 11-3pm.  This time seems to fit well with the needs of carers with regard to day care provision etc.

Find out more

You can find upcoming dates and register your interest here.

Phone: 01786467740

Email: Lorraine.mcauley@stir.ac.uk

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