We are an alliance of people who meet regularly together and work to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of dementia. We do this by increasing understanding across all of our diverse communities.
We have been active for some time now and have a range of members including carers, staff, volunteers and partner organisations. The Community of Interest is hosted by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Our partners include Nottingham City Social Services, the Alzheimer’s Society, Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, Nottingham University Hospitals Audiology and Black and Minority Ethnic statutory and voluntary support organisations. For example, The Golden Shamrock Club and Marcus Garvey Day Centre. Our group is sponsored by Ruth Hawkins, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The group raises awareness of dementia either by providing information on a display stand in the community e.g. Asda or health centres or through short talks in community settings or at events. We actively promote healthy lifestyles as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of vascular dementia. This is particularly important with the high prevalence of specific physical health problems within our Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
The group aspires to enable people from our diverse communities to comment and feedback on the design, planning, evaluation and delivery of dementia services, whilst promoting culturally appropriate services and equality of access to assessments and treatments.
We want to hear from our communities so please get in touch! We are holding an Open Event on:
Wednesday 7th October 2015
Click to see our poster COI Open Event 1 and come along to our open meeting.
Wednesday 7th October 1pm –3pm
The Conference Hall
Highbury Road, Bulwell, NG6 9DR
Please confirm your attendance to:
Julie Aicha Tel: 0115 8542227
The Carers, Families, and Friends Community of Interest meeting is usually a very well planned occasion but as everybody started to arrive… people just kept pouring in! We had to rush around to get more chairs and we kept our fingers crossed we had enough tables! Phew.. we just managed to fit everyone in and start the meeting. Note to self…………… bigger room next time!
The meeting was chaired brilliantly by Paul Sanguinazzi, Head of Involvement and minutes by Jane Danforth, Involvement & Experience Officer. Paul went through the meeting ground rules and I had to smile as he put both of his phones on silent mode as did Jane who then set out her iPad, her iPhone, her Blackberry, her laptop and portable Wifi unit. Between Paul and Jane they had enough IT equipment to a run a 7 hour conference!
The meeting was really well attended by good spread of Carers, Families, Staff and Voluntary Group Representatives. It was lively meeting where we talked about the future of the Carers, Families, Friends Community of Interest and a discussion about merging it with the Carers Strategy Meeting as similar topics are covered in both. As there is always a large attendance at meetings in the North of the County it was agreed by all to continue holding some meetings in the North and possibly rotating the venues between Newark, Mansfield and Bassetlaw to enable carers from all areas to have access to the Carers, Families, Friends Community of Interest. We would be able to do more work on projects together and share more of our work. More about this in future blogs!
Author: Andrea Emmens – Family Interventions Co-ordinator
We are now looking forward to our Carers, Family and Friends Conference
Tuesday 7 July 2015, The Goosedale Conference Centre, Goosedale Lane, Papplewick, Nottingham NG6 8UJ 10.00 to 15.30