Support network gives carers a greater say and influence

Following £1.4 million funding from the Life Changes Trust earlier this year, TIDE (Together in dementia everyday) is establishing an involvement network across Scotland to support carers of people with dementia.

The TIDE network, which is well established in England, aims to support both carers and former carers in Scotland to have a greater say in the day-to-day issues that affect them and those they care for.

Amanda McCarren, National Carers Engagement Lead for TIDE Scotland, said: “TIDE maintains that carers are experts by experience and we aim to support them to use that experience in a positive way so that other carers can benefit from their strength, and that professionals and services can learn from them.

“With 90,000 people estimated to have dementia in Scotland we know that there are a lot of people providing valuable support, but it can leave them feeling isolated, burnt-out and unable to look after their own wellbeing.

“Our network will engage with individual carers and carers groups within their local communities and influence from a grass-roots level up. We will ensure the needs of carers of people with dementia are truly recognised, and through our bespoke development programme we can give them the tools and confidence to get involved and influence policy, practice and research.”

If you would like to join the TIDE network visit www.tide.uk.net or email Amanda@tide.uk.net