/2015 Networking Advocate’s Events

 

Events

A National Support Network

Dementia Networking Advocates (DNA) is a UK network group of multidisciplinary members who are interested in unification of all of their specialisms and experiences to improve support to people with dementia.    In 2015, we provided a series of workshops. The group provides networking and training events for their multidisciplinary team members, mainly advocates involved in supporting people with dementia to achieve an improvement in the quality of care and assist with the struggle of their next of kin to keep up with fluctuations in progressive care needs. What exactly is multidisciplinary integration? In its simplest conception, it is about making connections, across disciplines to real life.   DNA also provides networking opportunities for advocates to meet each other and reflect on best practice across different boroughs and regions. DNA’s aim is to help you to continue your great work in advocating for people living with dementia through making skills based or knowledge based connections.

DNA is classified by UK’s Charity Commission as a small charity.  Dementia Partners and other volunteers provide operational support to the charity.

Our core message to all advocacy service providers is to ensure their advocates have good access to supervision, support and opportunities for networking, to enable sharing and raising awareness of various good practices.

Update

MAY 2015
See News Tab to download presentations for the May 2015 Workshop
January Downloads
Download the speakers’ presentations here

Partnerships

DNA always seeks to work with others in the voluntary and statutory field. DNA is a member of other relevant national organisations and has responded to requests to be involved in advisory and steering groups to further the work of advocacy and the interests of dementia sufferers and their families. DNA was sad to see the closure after 12 successful years of the Dementia Advocacy Network in December 2013 due to financial constraints.

Talks to next of kin and family members

DNA’s aim is raise awareness that people with dementia benefit from knowledgeable, understanding and skilled advocates to ensure their voices and those of their families are reflected in processes, so that they have real choices about the way they live their lives. DNA offers information and presentations to service users and voluntary organisations.

Testimonial: Dawn Sweeney and Jenika Morar, Carer Outreach Workers, Integrated Neurological Services, Twickenham November 2014 – “Reeta attended our support group for carers of long term conditions on Friday 7th November to give information on lasting powers of attorney and continuing care assessments. Reeta’s information generated discussions between the carers, and they found it beneficial to have someone with experience who they could ask questions to. This is was an opportunity that does not often arise, and they felt reassured that they were being given correct information. Reeta encouraged the carers to contact her with their personal queries, which was useful because they had the opportunity to meet her before, therefore they felt comfortable in making future contact.  Reeta’s experience as a non-practising solicitor, and her personal experience within this area, makes her a highly recommendable, valuable and approachable source for carers to access.”

Reeta attended our support group for carers of long term conditions on Friday 7th November to give information on lasting powers of attorney and continuing care assessments. Reeta’s information generated discussions between the carers, and they found it beneficial to have someone with experience who they could ask questions to. This is was an opportunity that does not often arise, and they felt reassured that they were being given correct information. Reeta encouraged the carers to contact her with their personal queries, which was useful because they had the opportunity to meet her before, therefore they felt comfortable in making future contact.  Reeta’s experience as a non-practising solicitor, and her personal experience within this area, makes her a highly recommendable, valuable and approachable source for carers to access.
Dawn Sweeney and Jenika Morar, Carer Outreach Workers, Integrated Neurological Services, Twickenham November 2014

Signing Up

Membership of DNA is free. Please email reeta@dementiapartners.com to sign up. Members will receive monthly email alerts about the work of DNA and its members, case studies, guest speaker events and more.

Vacancies and volunteers

DNA is a voluntary organisation. We are looking for volunteers to assist with communicating the value of advocacy for people with dementia in the national arena through events, partnerships, media appearances and consultations. We seek help from volunteers and partnerships to be a national voice for the rights of people with dementia to have access to much needed generic and statutory advocacy. At present, we seek volunteers in the following roles:
• Writing up short Case Studies for DNA members, to be published to service users • Speakers on issues relating to dementia and dementia advocacy at quarterly events • Authoring articles highlighting best practice in dementia advocacy • Working on policy papers outlining improvement needed in dementia services for people with dementia, families and healthcare workers