There are around 93,000 people in Scotland living with dementia and many of them need the support of independent advocacy. Independent advocacy can help ensure that the individual is listened to and that their views and interests are represented when the person is unable to do. Independent advocates provide assistance and information on specific issues, but not advice.
SIAA’s work towards developing and promoting good practice involves offering relevant and helpful training to our members. Since the people who live with dementia may require the support of an independent advocate, SIAA offered Dementia Awareness Training led by Age Scotland to our member organisations across Scotland.
Age Scotland’s Dementia Training Team runs a wide variety of free short courses on a range of dementia topics. In addition to their Dementia Awareness training, they also deliver workshops for people who have assumed a caring responsibility for someone who is living with dementia to share information on their rights as a carer.
The sessions were designed to explain what dementia is and provide our members with tools to support their advocacy partners. The course covered the importance of dementia awareness, its different types and risk factors, and useful means to communicate with someone who is living with dementia. SIAA members enjoyed taking part in the training and engaging with the interactive activities.
Visit Age Scotland dementia training calendar to sign up for their courses.
For more upcoming SIAA member events, please visit our member events area.