Conferences by and for carers
On Saturday, 30 September 2017, the Life Changes Trust hosted a very special conference, run by carers and for carers.
The event was designed and organised by a steering group of people with long experience of caring for someone living with dementia, unpaid and who lived in Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire or East Renfrewshire.
A second, equally meaningful event took place on 22 May 2018 in North Berwick which was for people caring for someone with dementia, unpaid, living in East Lothian. It too was planned and organised by a steering group of local carers who built on, and added local perspective to, the approach first developed by the Glasgow conference carers steering group.
Badged as Dementia – The Carer’s Experience (Better Enabled, Better Equipped), both the Glasgow and East Lothian events were free.
This Guide is a peer to peer resource for people caring for someone with dementia, unpaid. The Guide will offer carers a very practical tool for putting on their own event and producing their own publications. It will include guiding principles, practical tips and links to sample materials, such as the Glasgow and East Lothian checklists of things to help people caring for someone with dementia, and their directories of support and services available in the local area.
Funding and support to the carers steering group who planned and organised these events was provided by the Life Changes Trust, and tide (together in dementia everyday) provided valuable support and training to the steering group.