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Dementia Experiences Wanted to Shape Care

By bellmannews / June 16, 2019
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Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with Dementia? Do you support someone who is living with Dementia? If so then we need to hear from you!

The Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) is currently in the early stages of developing an Aberdeenshire wide Dementia Strategy and is looking to hear from people affected by Dementia.

To support people with lived experience to tell us about their Dementia journey, we have developed a series of ‘Village Storytelling’ events. Developed in partnership with The Village Storytelling Centre and delivered by colleagues across the health and social care partnership and third sector, sessions will allow those taking part tell their story in a safe and supported environment.

Stonehaven’s event takes place at the Town Hall on Friday, July 5 from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. To ensure that we have enough space and places we ask that people who wish to participate book through Eventbrite

In addition to the public events any groups or care settings who would wish to hold their own storytelling session are invited to request one via integration@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Should you be unable to attend a facilitated session and wish to contribute than you can do so by filling in our online survey at http://bit.ly/AbshireDementiaSurvey19

Chair of the Integration Joint Board (IJB) Rhona Atkinson, said, “This strategy will set out how the Partnership supports those living with Dementia and their families over the next 5 years. It is such an important area for us, so it is vital that we understand what support people need, when they need it, what is working well and not so well, now.

“The team working on the strategy have set out a great way to support those who are already living with dementia to participate through the Storytelling sessions and I would urge anyone who is able to come along and join in.”

The feedback gathered from the ‘Village Storytelling’ sessions and the survey will be used to develop and inform a draft strategy which will be widely consulted on prior to being finally agreed by the IJB.

Vice chair of the IJB, Cllr Anne Stirling, said, “We need to hear from everyone, people with a diagnosis, unpaid carers, volunteers, third sector organisations, family members, professionals; everyone!

”Whether you do this through the storytelling sessions or through the online survey the team will support you to participate in a way that works for you.”

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