Volunteers needed in the East Riding
Anyone in the East Riding of Yorkshire affected by dementia is being urged to join a new discussion group being set up by the local Dementia Action Alliance.
To be called DIGER, which stands for Dementia Involvement Group East Riding, the group has the aim of finding out about the experiences of those living with dementia in the local area to help make it more dementia-friendly.
Emma Williams, Coordinator for the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, who is setting up the group, is urging anyone with experience of dementia to get in touch.
"Anyone with any connection at all....whether you have a diagnosis of dementia yourself, or are a spouse, child or parent of someone with dementia....come along to one of our groups, chat about dementia, positive and negative experiences when you're out and about in the East Riding."
" We want to fix some of those issues which are probably really easily remedied. Equally we welcome people to just come and sit and listen."
"The group will be run by myself and also a local lady who is living positively with dementia herself."
"For anybody who's got reservations about coming, I'll share a bit of personal experience - my Dad's got dementia. We're not clinicians - we're just regular people like yourselves with a connection to dementia and we just want to make our East Riding much more dementia friendly."
The Dementia Action Alliance is a national organisation hosted by the Alzheimer's Society which is working towards bringing about a society-wide response to dementia. At a national level it has begun to shape policy and attitudes. Locally it aims to galvanise action by coordinating and supporting Local Dementia Action Alliances across the country.
The East Riding Dementia Action Alliance has already had great success in signing up the support of a long list of businesses and organisations in Hull, Beverley, Goole and all surrounding areas. The aim is simple... to raise understanding of dementia across society as a whole, and help people living with dementia continue to do the activities they enjoy, participating and contributing to the local community for as long as possible.
To find out more about the DIGER group, and the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, contact Emma by:
e-mailing : firstname.lastname@example.org
phoning : 01482 211255
writing to : Suite D, Annie Reed Court, Annie Reed Road, Beverley, HU17 0LF