Like most organisations considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dementia NI has had to make necessary changes to our services in line with government guidelines.
Dementia NI is a membership organisation specifically for people living with a diagnosis of dementia. Dementia NI is still able to take referrals at this time, albeit for people who have access to technology and are able or can be assisted with Facebook, Email, and Zoom.
Our online remote access means that we can now accept referrals from all areas throughout Northern Ireland as our Face to Face Empower and Support groups are currently unable to take place for people to meet in person. New referrals are invited to join the membership in order to avail of and offer peer support and friendship to others also living with a diagnosis.
We have temporarily replaced our Empower and Support groups by holding virtual ZOOM meetings for our members living with dementia to offer peer support and friendship. We regularly host online activity sessions to provide entertainment and opportunities for meetups for members such as live music, yoga, meditative sessions, magic shows, etc.
Dementia NI has also set up an ‘In the Same Boat’ Peer support group for members who live with a diagnosis of dementia through our Facebook page. Members regularly post messages to each other through this private group. This Dementia NI group has been set up for members to come together, share, chat, offer each other support, and have fun in difficult times.
We have developed a ‘Peer Support Room’ within Dementia NI ‘In the Same Boat’ group so that members feel free to join the room when they would like to speak to other members within a safe and secure environment. Members post a specific time to the page in advance of when they will be available to chat to others.
Dementia NI was set up as a membership organisation to primarily provide peer support to people living with dementia, therefore we signpost to other organisations for carer peer support. Unfortunately, Dementia NI is unable to provide support to people external to our membership as we are not an advice/information service, but are happy to signpost to other organisations when we are contacted with queries.
If you are living with a diagnosis of dementia or know someone with dementia who would benefit from our support, please contact our Head Office number on 028 9693 1555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org