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By Ailidh Aikman

January 25th, 2019

Dementia education workshops and online resources

Over the last eighteen months DSDC has delivered 11 dementia education workshops in Stirling for family carers and volunteers, with the final planned workshop from the pilot project on Friday 22nd February.

All the feedback from the workshops has supported development of the online information hub, which will reflect the content delivered at the workshops. The intention is that those who are unable to attend the face to face workshops can access the information online. The support hub is in the final stages of creation and it will be released mid-February. Work is already underway for more content to be added to the hub over the coming months to make the resource as beneficial as it can be to informal carers and volunteers.

DSDC is thrilled to announce that the project has been successful in securing additional funding from a variety of funders, including The Robertson Trust, to roll the project out across Scotland over the next three years. This funding will provide a fantastic opportunity to reach informal carers and volunteers who support people living with a diagnosis of dementia. The workshops aim to:

  • To improve the quality of life of both the person with dementia and family carer(s).
  • A decrease in people’s feelings of isolation.
  • Increase levels of social contact and interaction.
  • Increase in carers’ and volunteers’ confidence to feel empowered.
  • Promote personhood, to see the person and not just the diagnosis.

The project roll out will take the workshops to rural places across Scotland, including the islands. These rural locations often lose out on opportunities to attend training and support groups as resources are so limited. DSDC has already started building relationships with partner organisations in these communities to reach as many people as possible.

For more information about the workshops and the hub please contact dementia@stir.ac.uk

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