My role is to identify and work with carers & former carers of people with dementia. Each carer has different needs and experiences and my role is to encourage and empower carers to ensure their voice is heard. Offering carers that emotional support can lead to increased confidence when talking with professionals about the person they are caring for. Connecting carers through tide events provides opportunities for carers to collectively discuss how they would like to get involved in shaping, improving services, influencing policies and making changes.
I was a carer to my mum who had dementia. She was diagnosed with Parkinsons when I was 10 years old and later went on to develop dementia related to her Parkinsons. I suppose that gave me a real insight to the challenges young carers and adult carers can be faced with. More recently I have been supporting my brother as my sister-in-law has vascular dementia and for him it feels like he is on an emotional roller-coaster. So I guess I am offering that emotional support to help him see what his needs are too.
Prior to joining tide, I was a volunteer and employee for 16 years within my local Carers Centre. I am delighted to be part of the tide team and to be working to empower carers.