Dementia NI members have been enjoying the summer and continuing to meet up through our empowerment groups. Some members and their loved ones were fortunate to get a short break in Fermanagh or the North Coast, with much thanks to Dementia Together NI Short Breaks initiative. Those who went reported that this was an amazing opportunity for relaxation and a change of scenery, helping to reduce anxiety and improve overall wellbeing.
Dementia NI member, Liz Cunningham stated,
“Just want to say a big thank you for the respite break in Killyhevlin. Philip and I had a wonderful break, beautiful scenery, fantastic food. We both got back massages and the swimming pool was lovely. We can't thank you enough, it was so peaceful and really appreciated. Thank you.”
We continue to develop empowerment groups across Northern Ireland, with new groups launched over the summer in Portadown and Carrickfergus. We welcome and encourage anyone with a diagnosis of dementia to contact us on 028 90 686768 and find out more about groups in their local area.
Dementia NI have recently partnered with Radius housing and Alzheimer’s Society in Holywood to continue to make Holywood a Dementia Friendly community. Plans are in place to further develop this important initiative in other areas of Northern Ireland.
Over the summer months we have continued to raise awareness about dementia through our social media pages, local media campaigns and by delivering awareness workshops throughout Northern Ireland. We also met with Mr Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People NI, who is keen to work with us and help us improve services for people living with dementia.
The organisation recently received its charity status from the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and has successfully recruited an Income Generation Manager to sustain the organisation after our core funding from Atlantic Philanthropies ends.
Through raising awareness, challenging the stigma, and enabling all those who are living with dementia to access appropriate services, Dementia NI will continue to reach out and support more people living with dementia across Northern Ireland throughout their journey.
Dementia NI still have so much more to do and look forward to exciting and challenging times ahead!
Dementia NI members and staff meeting with Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Mr Eddie Lynch
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