Expert Working Group - April 2016
Dementia Carers Count were formerly known as the Royal Surgical Aid Society. They have a rich history dating back to 1862 of providing support to people in need; firstly in the form of surgical aids and then more recently in the form of care homes. In 2018, they took a decision to support the needs of people caring for someone with dementia. Creating a Dementia Carers Centre is at the heart of their vision along with offering events and expert-led dementia carer courses.
Dementia Carers Count have a strong collaborative partnership with the Association for Dementia Studies, with a shared vision and shared ethos. This partnership led to the development of the post of Professor of Family Care, working across both organisations towards excellence in the support of families living with dementia.
Having completed a number of projects with the Charity, we are currently working together to evaluate the pilot dementia carer support courses. The three day residential courses are offered in either Birmingham or Swindon, providing an opportunity for carers to learn more about dementia and their caring role. Feedback so far suggests sharing time with others in a similar situation has been invaluable.
To find out more about the work of Dementia Carers Count, please visit their website https://dementiacarers.org.uk/