My role focuses on actively getting involved with carers and former carers of people with dementia from a variety of backgrounds and communities and encouraging them to join us on the tide network. Carers are individuals in their own right and all are experts by experience who should be valued, respected and treated as equal partners. We invest in them and their own personal development to be able to use their voice, giving them a wide variety of platforms on which to be heard and to recognise themselves as change agents capable of making a difference. We also provide them with the opportunity to connect with fellow carers, increase their confidence and share their stories and experiences.
I develop relationships with both local and national organisations across the North of Scotland to involve carers and former carers and inform them of the many benefits of being part of our network including the unique personal development programme, opportunity to use their voice and experience to influence real change, peer support, practical advice and the opportunity to influence change in both policy and practice.
As part of my role I support members of the network when they are involved in any event or project on behalf of tide, practically, psychologically and emotionally.