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Are you a carer of someone with dementia and live in Manchester?

The Dementia Carers Expert Reference Group (DCERG) is the first every commissioned carers group in the UK. It consists of a group of current and former carers of people with dementia who are passionate about improving the lives of carers of people living with dementia and those they care for across all Greater Manchester. The DCERG is part of  Dementia United. The work we do with Dementia United supports our belief that carers need to have a voice on how dementia services are run. Carers are experts by experience. Through joining the DCERG group will ensure your experience as a carer of someone with dementia is captured and listened to. We are currently looking for carers who live in; Trafford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Salford,  and Wigan. Why join? Watch DCERG members Liz and Mike explain why it is important for people with dementia and their carers to have a voice

  As said by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester at Dementia United meeting, "As organisations we pay thousands of pounds to external management consultants to help us to improve what we do, but the real experts are carers of people with dementia; if we listen to them they will tell us what needs to be improved!"
If you would like to find out more email or if you are interested in joining, please download this form.  
Who are Dementia United? Dementia United are working to make Greater Manchester the best place to live if you have dementia or are caring for someone who does. The voice of the carer is vital in supporting that aim. Visit Dementia United website.  The DCERG is part of Dementia United programme and part of the Governance, involved at each level from the local level to Greater Manchester strategic implementation. The development of DCERG was in response to the requirements stated in the Health and Social Care Act 2014. Effective participation in the commissioning process ensures the reflection of the needs of local people. This is supported by new requirements in the NHS Act 2006 “Public Involvement & Consultation by Clinical Commissioning Groups” The group has a rotational Chair that sits on the Dementia United Strategic board and Implementation Group with support from tide staff. Members are also involved in task and finish groups of the DU programme, directly linked to there locality lead, and their local carer network, disseminating work to carers within their locality ensuring the collective voice of carers is represented at all levels of the DU programme. Ruth is the current chair of DCERG, you can read her story here.

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