By Simon Jenkinson, Dementia Connect Manager at Alzheimer’s Society
Do you want to boost awareness of the services you offer and help people living with dementia? Chances are, the answer is yes.
At Alzheimer’s Society, we are thrilled to be inviting organisations across the country to do just that by signing up for a brand new online services directory – designed especially for services who have something to offer people affected by dementia. Dementia Connect will connect organisations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with people in their communities living with dementia, enabling them to find the nearest and most relevant services in their area through a simple search tool.
We all know that dementia is one of the most pressing health issues facing our society – and at Alzheimer’s Society we firmly believe that it’s more important than ever that people living with the condition are cared for, supported and able to access the services they need.
Not only will signing up to Dementia Connect enable you to target local people and raise awareness of what you do for people with dementia, families and carers who need your services the most – but you’ll be establishing your organisation as one that can be trusted, relied upon and used regularly for those with the condition.
The best bit? It’s free.
So, who can benefit from signing up to this comprehensive directory? Dementia Connect is available to all charities, community groups and social enterprises who have a service to offer that is suitable for people affected by dementia and want to put themselves firmly on the map.
Across the country we’ve heard great examples of how Dementia Connect is making a difference. Among those successfully using Dementia Connect is Age UK Milton Keynes, who have connected with people in their community using the directory.
Jane Palmer, Chief Executive of Age UK Milton Keynes, told us that Dementia Connect is making it “easier for people with dementia, their carers and loved ones to find out what support is available to them and know we are there for them.”
Age UK Milton Keynes is using the directory to spread the word more widely about their home support, footcare, handyperson and gardening services for older people – some of whom could be living with dementia or caring for someone who has it. Jane added: “It enables people to live independently, which is so important.”
At Alzheimer’s Society we are passionate about the positive change Dementia Connect can bring – both to people affected by dementia and the service providers that work with them.
It is truly heartening that so many organisations have already signed up to Dementia Connect – now I want to encourage other community organisations, social enterprises and charities to follow suit and sign up to be a part of this pioneering, comprehensive directory.
You can add your service to Dementia Connect for free at www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiaconnectbusiness.
To find out more about Dementia Connect go to www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiaconnect