Dementia NI opens Empowerment Group in Holywood area.
Dementia NI invite people living with dementia to join their new empowerment group in Holywood. The 3rd group now to be established by Dementia NI, will enable people with dementia to have a voice and remain active within their community.
Group members meet every fortnight and support each other through friendship and understanding, particularly after a recent diagnosis.
The groups which run throughout Northern Ireland, empower people living with dementia to have a voice, and to remain active and part of their community.
Dementia NI group members help influence how people can live well after a diagnosis of dementia in Northern Ireland. The groups raise awareness by telling others what life is like to live with dementia. Group members engage with various organisations throughout Northern Ireland, to inform them of how to make their services, policies and practice more suitable for people living with dementia.
Commenting on the new groups being formed, Programme manager Tara Collins, says,
“Dementia Empowerment Groups are being set up in each health trust area across Northern Ireland. At present we are encouraging individuals with a diagnosis of any type of dementia who reside within the South East Trust catchment area, to join their local group. We are delighted with our progress to date and have received huge support throughout Northern Ireland.”
The Dementia NI Holywood group will support the South Eastern Trust service provision for those with dementia.
Brenda Arthurs, Assistant Director in Primary Care & Nursing, South Eastern H&SC Trust welcomes the opportunity,
“The South Eastern H&SC Trust recognises the need to make improvements in dementia care across Northern Ireland. We are committed to providing high quality services for our local population and are actively involved in the development of the Regional Dementia Pathway. We welcome the opportunity and look forward to working with Dementia NI.”
Through our groups, we hope to…
Provide friendship and understanding
Maintain group member’s abilities and communication skills
Provide social engagement
Utilise and develop existing skills
Network with relevant people who can improve the lives of people with dementia in Northern Ireland
Anne from Newtownabbey, a recent member to a local Dementia NI group, would encourage those with dementia to avail of the upcoming offering in Holywood,
“After my diagnosis, the relief that there was someone out there to help and understand me was so overwhelming. I wasn’t alone anymore and that was such a fantastic feeling. I enjoy coming along to the groups, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to socialise, to share experiences and have my thoughts and opinions heard. The group has given me the confidence to feel proud of myself and make me feel that I have a place in society again.”
To attend or to learn more about the work of Dementia NI throughout Northern Ireland, please contact us on: Tel: 02890 686768 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org