tide’s work in Northern Ireland formally began with a Dementia and Palliative Care Conference in Belfast, May 2019, hosted by the Northern Ireland Hospice. Tide facilitated a workshop at the conference and supported a small group of carers to deliver a presentation.
Through September and October 2019 tide asked carers in Northern Ireland how we could fulfil tide outcomes in a way that that worked for them. An initial meeting with carers was held in November and the plans for 2020 agreed!
In 2020, under the themes of connectivity, creativity, wellbeing and influence tide began working with carers and others to deliver those outcomes. Activities included walks and coffee, a creativity session and an awareness session on living grief and bereavement and the delivery of a wellbeing session called ‘can’t pour from an empty cup’.
COVID19 has definitely interrupted these plans! The way we deliver has changed but the focus remains the same. We continue to connect, to offer creative and wellbeing based opportunities and work with different partnerships to influence for change.
tide in Northern Ireland is a small but growing network of carers. tide carers can use their voices to represent their experience and work towards changing our society to reflect and respond to their rights.
You can read about the impact of COVID-19 on carers in Northern Ireland here.