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Autumn Newsletter 2019

We've got some great news!

Our board has found additional funding for all our courses in early 2020! We are now able to offer free places on our one and three-day courses for dementia family carers.

This takes us one step closer to achieving our vision that everyone taking care of a person with dementia has the support they need. However, we still need your help! This could be in form of a donation, holding a fundraising event for us, telling your community and health team about our free courses, or simply following us on social media. If you'd like to get more involved we're currently recruiting Ambassadors to support us and spread the word about our work, more information below.

Sky news spoke to our carers about the impact of caring on their working lives

The Centre for Economics and Business Research has conducted research for the Alzheimer’s Society, which reveals that the cost of dementia to England’s businesses has increased by £1.6 billion in the past four years.

Of the 355,000 people of working age caring for a person living with dementia, more than 147,000 have had to reduce their work hours, or have reported difficulty balancing work and caring. Over 112,000 people have had to give up their job, with many retiring early, because of their caring commitments. 

The findings are significant to our cause as 65% of the carers on our courses are of working age and 51% of those carers are still working. We're committed to helping working carers manage work and caring.

Following The Alzheimer's Society's report, Sky news came to speak to our carers about the impact of caring on their working lives.

With little notice, the amazing carers attending our three-day, residential Dementia Carers Support Course - How to Survive and Thrive stepped up and shared their experiences with Sky news. You can watch the footage here.

After 30 years of supporting DCC our President resigns 

After celebrating over 30 years working with our charity, our president, Lord Strathalmond, has decided to step down.

In 1985, Lord Strathalmond, a long serving supporter of the Society, was invited to become Chairman of a body of Trustees under the title of The Development Trust for the Frail or Physically Disabled Elderly.

In 2006, he headed the launch of the Dementia Care Campaign. With an ambitious objective of spending £6 million in six years to improve the quality of dementia care in the Society’s and other homes across the UK.

In 2008 Lord Strathalmond proudly succeeded John Wedgwood and become our President.

You can find a short history of AgeCare RSAS here. This was complied by Peter Ball, who kindly researched and received our archives.

Our research team are bringing CHARM to care homes

On October 17th our Professor of Family Care in Dementia, Tracey Williamson, commenced the new CHARM (Care Home Action Researcher-in-residence Model) study. Led by Tracey and co-ordinated by Isabelle Latham (Senior Research Fellow) and Faith Frost (Research Associate), partners include senior leads and staff working in four care homes from four varied care home providers.

The aim of the study is to evaluate the approach to developing a climate of research awareness and undertaking in care home settings, which traditionally have not fully embraced research and evidence based practice. 

Unlike past approaches to developing care home culture around research, this study requires considerable involvement from residents and family carers as co-researchers, enabling the coordinators to focus on their engagement in the study. The study received £91K funding from the Alzheimer’s Society and the Dunhill Medical Trust and will end in September 2020.  

Read full details of the study in Tracey's blog here.

 
 

Events past and future...

On the 19th of September we celebrated the results of the University of Worcester's evaluation of our three-day courses. Teresa Atkinson presented the findings to guests attending our annual autumn event at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London. The results were encouragingly positive and demonstrated that attending one of our courses has a positive impact on family carers. You can read the full evaluation findings here.

At the same event we launched our first annual review. As well as financial information we shared just how much we have achieved in our first fifteen months as Dementia Carers Count.

   


On October 18th, Sue Hinds and Lissy Edwards from our service delivery team, attended the 10th National Memory Services Forum at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Sue spoke about our courses, what makes them unique, and presented the findings of the Worcester University evaluation.




Coming up!

This week we'll be attending the 14th UK Dementia Congress in Doncaster on the 7th of November. Sue Hinds will be running an early bird session on personality and getting to know Dementia Carers Count. We'll be in the Conduit room from 8:30am, come say hi!

From 3pm - 4:10pm our Professor of Family Care in Dementia, Tracey Williamson PHD, will be running a session on building knowledge and resilience for family carers of people with dementia and sharing the results of Worcester University evaluation.

On the 27th and 28th of November we'll be exhibiting at the Occupational Therapy Show in NEC Birmingham. If you're attending and would like to know more about our courses we'll be at stand K27 and look forward to seeing you there!

A day in the life of...

...Our Dementia Carers Services Lead, Sue Hinds. Take a look at Sue's lovely blog where she shares why she became a speech and language therapist, what motivates her, and what a 'typical' working week looks like when you split your time between our charity and the NHS.


 

Upcoming course dates

Three-day course dates One-day course dates If you would like to attend one of our free courses for family carers of a person with dementia, please book your place on our website. After you've booked a member of our team will give you a call to find out a bit more about your situation, tell you about our courses and answer any questions you have.

If you'd prefer to talk to a member of the team before booking your spot, you can reach us at support@dementiacarers.org.uk.

We're recruiting Ambassadors

We're currently recruiting for Ambassadors to represent us in their communities and help spread the word about our work. This can be as simple as:
  • Distributing leaflets about us and our courses
  • Talking to carers’ groups about us 
  • Telling your story and becoming one of our case studies
You can find our more about the role Ambassadors play in our organisation here. If you'd like to help us support dementia family carers, fill out this form or get in touch with us at marketing@dementiacarers.org.uk.

       

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