Dementia NI

Local charity Dementia NI is a membership organisation specifically for people living with dementia. Dementia NI was incorporated as a company on the 15th January 2015 by five people living with dementia, who wanted to ensure that the voice of people living with dementia is at the core of policy, practice and service delivery across Northern Ireland. The charity has established Dementia Empowerment Groups throughout Northern Ireland to provide a place for people with dementia to come together, share experiences, reflect and provide peer support. Dementia NI Empowerment Groups - We are independent groups of people living with dementia within Northern Ireland, who influence how people can live well with a diagnosis of dementia. Our members meet on a regular basis to offer each other support through their friendly social gatherings and raise awareness about what it is like to live with the symptoms of dementia. Members use their experiences and opinions to make a difference in the services and support provided to them, advise others how their individual needs can be met and how everyone can challenge the stigma of dementia. Dementia NI Awareness Sessions - Dementia NI members give talks to educate others about what it is like to live with dementia. These unique sessions are brought to life as members share real-life experiences of living with dementia to help explain what support they need. The Dementia NI Awareness Sessions are supported by staff and volunteers who give a background on dementia in the hope that everyone will become more understanding and be accepting of the symptoms. Dementia NI Tailored Consultations - Dementia NI members play a vital role in influencing how to make communities and neighbourhoods Dementia Friendly and contribute to societal issues which may affect them and others living with dementia. Dementia NI members invite organisations including community groups, sports associations, retailers and various other service providers to consult on how they can make their services, environments and venues more appropriate for people with dementia to access. Members also advise how to make resources/leaflets more understandable and clear for people with dementia. Dementia NI JAM Card - The award-winning JAM Card allows people with dementia, learning difficulties and communication barriers to ask for an extra minute of patience when in customer service situations. The Dementia JAM Card (Just A Minute), for people living with dementia/memory problems, is a discreet way of telling people that sometimes they need a little extra time and patience. The card’s quote “I have dementia/memory problems and may need assistance”. The JAM Card is available in durable original business card format, key fob and is also available on the JAM app for smartphone users. JAM Card Friendly Training - JAM Card awareness training provides organisations with the knowledge they need to ensure that users of the JAM Card feel welcome in their establishment. For more information visit www.jamcard.org Contact Dementia NI: To receive more information, provide feedback, make a donation, or support us in continuing to develop our work please contact: Dementia NI Head Office: Dementia NI, 54 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6AZ. Tel: 028 90686768 Email: info@dementiani.org Website: www.dementiani.org
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