Living Well with Dementia - Participation and Engagement Programme
“It made me think more about how things could be improved and how other people have experienced other things.” (Participant on the first day of the living well with dementia programme)
The North East Dementia Alliance commissioned a pilot programme aiming to empower people living with dementia and their carers to take control of their own care and support and influence service and policy development.
The pilot programme, which was developed by the North of England Mental Health Development Unit and Karen Picking and Associates, took place over four sessions. The pilot programme aimed to support people living with dementia and their carers to develop the confidence and skills to shape services as well as increasing understanding of available services and how to develop a well-being plan.
Each person on the programme had their own learning objectives and was supported to achieve them.
The pilot’s first cohort joined the programme in May 2014. This included 20 people who were carers or people with dementia. Links are being made between participants and strategy groups so that participants can influence future services.
A second programme ran in the autumn of 2014, followed by an evaluation of the pilot programme.
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