Ceartas Dementia Voices:
Ceartas Dementia Voices is a group for people living with dementia and their carers to meet up and discuss specific issues or concerns they may face. It is also a chance for those to have their views and opinions on local issues, with a view to these informing plans for future services.
Whilst the group is for those living with dementia, we recognise the vital role that family, friends and carers play so all are very welcome to attend.
Ceartas Dementia Voices discusses issues like:
- East Dunbartonshire Dementia Network website and materials.
- Dementia Friendly Communities.
- Redesign of local Dementia Services.
- Awareness-raising and publicity.
Ceartas Dementia Voices is more task-focused than the De Cafés, tending to do pieces of work on current issues that affect people with dementia and their carers.
This often goes beyond the role of Collective Advocacy and becomes formal consultation, contributing to service design or redesign, and commenting on the accessibility of information resources, public services, or even new buildings.
For more information about Ceartas Dementia Voices, please contact Ceartas here.
I am usually apprehensive about contacting organisations in fear of being passed pillar to post. I was delighted when I contacted Ceartas: although I didn’t need advocacy, you talked me through local services that I needed.
I live quite a long distance away from my sister. When she needed to get some more support in place for her dementia, the information about local services and support that you were able to give me was invaluable. I can't thank you enough.
I can pick up the phone and advocacy support is always there, ready to listen and help me understand things better.
After waiting months, you got the ball rolling with a number of things and for that I thank you.
Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It’s appreciated more than you will know.
Thanks so much, this is almost a miracle! Can you do anything for Partick Thistle while you’re at it?
It’s a really tricky role you’ve had in this case but you’ve done so effectively.
There is always someone there at Ceartas for me, no matter who takes the call.
When I call Ceartas everyone is always so kind and helpful. They are all a really good group of people.
Thanks for discussing things and then sending us some information in the post: we have now started the Power of Attorney process.
I didn't know that there was anything I could do about my situation, let alone that I had options. I feel so much better knowing that I can turn to Ceartas for information when I need it.
Thank you for your support at the last meeting. It’s great having somebody independent in my corner: not sure what I would have done or where I would be otherwise.
It's really nice to know that someone is listening to me and taking me seriously. Other people seem to think that my problems are trivial and aren't worth bothering about, but that is not true. My Advocacy Worker helped me to make my point in such a way that I couldn't be ignored, and now things are starting to improve as a result.
I felt like I was facing a brick wall until I started receiving support and information from Ceartas. The outcome of that has led to a much better relationship with the rest of the family, and now we are all pulling in the same direction.
Even a ten minute chat on the phone made me feel so much better. I was becoming frustrated and annoyed at not getting what I needed from services, but talking to my Advocacy Worker kept me grounded and stopped me from losing the rag with anyone.
Absolutely thrilled with the service. I wish my family all stayed in East Dunbartonshire and could access it!