SHINDIG is a city-wide forum that meets 4 times a year and aims to provide opportunities for people living with dementia in Sheffield (and their family carers) to share ideas, views and opinions on local services and developments. The group name emerged because of the lively, sociable and fun atmosphere that is created and the logo depicts the commonly heard term of ‘all being in the same boat’.
SHINDIG is jointly organised by Sheffield Alzheimer’s Society and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. Membership is not fixed and the group is attended by about 18 people with dementia, 12 family carers and 10 staff from voluntary, health, social care and academic organisations in Sheffield.
- Experience of GP services
- Experiences and tips on living with dementia
- Experience of receiving a diagnosis and memory services
- Ways people with dementia can influence ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’.
- Having a go at using iPads and technology to connect and have fun.
Staff help facilitate and support conversations where necessary, whilst listening and committing to take back learning to their organisation. SHINDIG aims, over time, to engage people living with dementia in taking more of a role in setting the agenda and organisation.
Visit http://shsc.nhs.uk/about-us/get-involved/sheffield-dementia-involvement-group-shindig/ to find out more about SHINDIG’s work and activities.