During this Dementia Awareness Week (Monday 30 May - Sunday 05 June) the SNP Government has invited people living with dementia are being invited to join a new Dementia Advisory Panel to help shape policy and delivery.
The national, independent group will also be open to unpaid carers to be sure the impact of policy and funding decisions on those who experience them first hand are taken into full consideration. Work will begin with the development of an application and assessment process, with the expectation that it would be established before the end of the year.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“Only someone living with dementia, their loved ones and carers fully know the complexities and nuances of dealing with it.
“While the SNP Government is already working with a very active lived experience voice in dementia support, this panel will help to amplify it. Dementia activists across the world us the motto ‘Nothing about us, without us’ and this group will put this into practise.”
To apply to be part of the lived experience panel or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
The SNP Government will ensure support, such as BSL interpreters, will be available to those requiring it to enable them to participate in the group.
Dementia Awareness Week takes place annually in Scotland on the first week of June, to raise awareness of dementia and help improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers. This year’s event runs from and the aim of the week is This year's theme is 'Prevent, Care, Cure'.