The Highland Dementia Working Group is a branch of the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG). It is a small friendly group of people with a diagnosis of dementia who meet every six weeks in Inverness.
The group members learn from each other and share support and experiences of living with dementia. The group also works to raise awareness and improve dementia services. Each person’s experience is important in trying to influence the provision of appropriate services.
Now is a good time to be speaking out – people really do want to listen! NHS, Local Authorities, Alzheimer Scotland and others have a duty to consult with the people using their services and to hear their views. They are each looking at ways to involve people with dementia in policy development and planning of services.
Together we can try to influence:
- People who plan and deliver services
- Relevant policy
- Attitudes about people with dementia.
“Ensure your voice is heard directly – it is the voice of experience.”