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Dementia NI is an independent membership organisation which has been set up by people living with dementia. The Empowerment groups have been set up to ensure that people with a diagnosis of dementia are having their voices heard. Their group members challenge the stigma of dementia, raise awareness of dementia, promote the rights of people living with dementia and also support people living with dementia to lobby and raise awareness in their own right. They currently require:
- Event Support & Awareness Raising Volunteer
- Empowerment Group Support Volunteer
- Volunteer Drive
At our group meetings we invite external organisations and care providers along to give them a unique opportunity to seek the views and lived experiences of people with dementia. The empowerment groups and members aim to raise awareness about dementia and challenge the stigma that many people face daily. We promote more opportunities for learning for people living with dementia including developing new skills, such as learning to use tablet computers and also utilizing existing skills and knowledge that they may have.
Our Empowerment groups are being developed in each health trust area across Northern Ireland. Groups vary in frequency, depending on the area, but generally will run weekly or fortnightly, lasting 2-3 hours in duration. The groups generally take place on weekdays between 10am and 5pm. Group members also attend events, talks and meetings to raise awareness of what it is like to live with dementia and the organisation.