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Family Carers Involvement Network

A new Involvement Network for family carers of People with Dementia is being set up by the Life Story Network CIC with the support of the Department of Health, Carers Trust and Mersey Care NHS Trust.

Supporting the launch of the new network, Prof. Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia in England and Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care Services said:

“I’m pleased to announce today that, with the help of the Department of Health with some start-up funds, a new involvement network of family carers is to be formed to build on the good work of the Carers Call 2 Action and which will ensure the voices of family carers are heard. The network will be hosted by the Life Story Network which is doing a lot of work with family carers”.

Prof. Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia in England

 “I am also pleased to announce today that the Department of Health will be providing funding to develop an ongoing network to support the needs and rights of family carers of people with dementia.  I wish you well in this important work.”

Statement of support from Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care Services

We recognise that family carers of people with dementia are experts by experience, they can play a significant role in supporting other carers, influence policy and shape improved responsive local commissioned services.

The objectives of the network will be to:

  • Engage carers to raise the profile of the needs of people with dementia and family carers and influence policy
  • Equip carers with the knowledge and skills to advocate for improvements in standards and better services
  • Encourage & enable, family carers to become involved and campaign for improved services and standards of care
  • Empower carers by developing confidence in their capacity to support each other and to make a difference in their community

Those members of the new Family Carers Involvement Network who wish to play a more active part in the network will be trained, coached, nurtured and supported in their role.