The Dementia Education for Family Carers and Volunteers project is now well under way.
The first phase of the project has been made possible through a donation by RS Macdonald. Funding has enabled DSDC, with support from partners*, to run 12 face to face workshops for family carers and volunteers supporting people with dementia. The workshops are held on the last Friday of every month at the Iris Murdoch Building (home of the DSDC) at the University of Stirling. The four hour sessions are completely free of charge to those attending.
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 aim to empower carers and give them the knowledge and understanding they need in their role.
Volunteers are being relied on more than ever. With more people living with dementia in communities, there is an increased reliance on third sector organisations to support them; many of which are staffed by volunteers. For volunteers, these workshops will increase their confidence to better support those they help in their role.
Since the workshops launched last October, there has been an overwhelming demand both from carers and volunteers. Many of the workshops have been oversubscribed, highlighting the demand for the service.
While the remainder of the face to face workshops continue, we will be progressing with phase two of the project. The second phase will see the creation of an online support hub which will be a useful source of information for those who have attended the workshops, as well as for those who are not able to attend.
For more information, and to book on to a workshop, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01786 466325.
*SSAFA, Town Break, Stirling Carers Centre, Food Train, RVS and Crossroads.