There is a lot of support available to people affected by dementia, both from the NHS, local authorities and from the community and voluntary sector. These may include dementia navigator services, support groups, befriending, advocacy, and many other forms of support which help you maintain your independence and decrease social isolation. No one should have to go through this journey alone and social interaction is vital in maintaining a healthy life and living well with dementia.
It is also very important to be as informed as possible about the journey of dementia and there is a great deal of quality information available to help with this. This can be found online, in printed formats or by talking to your GP or healthcare professional.
These organisations can provide great support to all those affected by a dementia. They can provide information in various ways and also run information sessions. They provide some excellent peer support services for people with a dementia and their carers and can be a strong voice for all those affected by a dementia in the region.
Local member led charity driving positive change for people living with dementia.
Tel: 02896 931 555
The leading charity in Northern Ireland dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. We help thousands of people every year, providing companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most.
Tel: 028 9024 5729
We campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today.
A UK wide involvement network of carers, former carers and health and care professionals who are working together to build a better future for carers of people living with dementia.
Tel: 07841 457596
We’re here to make life better for carers.
Tel: 020 7378 4999
A guide to information and support from the five Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCTs)
Older people living with dementia and their families often experience difficulty in gaining information about their diagnosis, accessing available services and obtaining advice and support throughout their journey with dementia.
All five of the Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCTs) in Northern Ireland have a dementia navigator service to help. Their role is to provide information and support – this can be face to face or over the telephone. They will also provide vital signposting to other services to ensure people living with dementia can live as full a life as possible.
The service also plays an important role in working with other agencies to raise awareness of the needs of people living with dementia.
How can I access the support of the dementia navigator?
Referrals will be accepted from you, your family, GP, anyone involved in your care to try to ensure you receive the right support and the most appropriate services to meet your needs.
Contact details for Dementia Navigators in your area are here.
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Health and Social Care Trust, covering Antrim and Newtownabbey District, Causeway Coast and Glens District, Rathlin, Mid and East Antrim District and Mid Ulster District.
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, covering Lisburn, North Down, Ards and Down.
Southern Health and Social Care Trust, covering Craigavon, Banbridge, Newry, Mourne, Armagh and Dungannon.
Western Health and Social Care Trust, covering Omagh, Fermanagh, Derry/Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane.