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18-24 June 2012 

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Some pictures from last week’s events, when the Connecting Carers team hit the road across the Highlands…



 Connecting Carers contact: www.connectingcarers.org.uk 01463 723560 carers@hccf.org.uk




CONNECTING CARERS is exploring ways of making Carers breaks easier to access for members of our Carers Network.  Please help us to do this by answering the following questions

  1. Tell us about your dream break, from a day with a good book to two weeks by the sea. What’s your vision?
  2. What problems do you run into when planning a break? eg transport, suitable accomodation
  3. Would you benefit from support when planning your break? Types of support under consideration are; identifying suitable activities, funding, accomodation, tranport
  4. What barriers would you face when seeking support with taking a break? eg form filling, budgeting, complicated processes
  5. Is there anything else we should know about how to offer help and support to Carers who would like to take a break?
Please send your answers here


If you’d like to join a focus group, to be facilitated by email and skype, and tell us more about Carers breaks please let me know.



Dwynwen Hopcroft

Connecting Carers Information Coordinator




NEW East Sutherland Dementia Carers Group

Do you care for someone with dementia?  Would you like to meet other carers for support, a chat and a brief time away from your caring role?

Alzheimer Scotland is now running a monthly carers’ meeting at the Caberfeidh Hotel in Golspie

Meetings are from 11am – 12.30pm, last Friday of the month.


29 June

27 July

31 August

28 September

26 October

 Anyone with a friend or relative with dementia will be made welcome

 For more details contact: Brenda Macmillan tel: 01408 633008

Alzheimer Scotland also run carers Groups in Tain and Dingwall 

Times and Venues as follows:-


 TAIN Morangie House Hotel

last Monday of the month 1.30pm to 3pm

DINGWALL St Clement’s Hall, 

third Wednesday of the month 2.30pm to 4pm


Anyone with a friend or relative with dementia will be made welcome at group meetings

For more details of these and other services for people with dementia and their carers in the Highlands, please contact:  Fiona Dendy, Dementia Advisor, Alzheimer Scotland   Tel: 07584 328776

or visit the website by clicking on the logo




Waiting for further info … watch this space …

  • Helmsdale Community Centre Carpet Bowls
  • Connecting Carers Care Week initiative
  • Down Memory Lane (Nhs initiative)

If you are organising or know about any dementia friendly events or activities happening in and around East Sutherland, please let us know here.


  1. We have to start listening to those who want to speak about this awful disease; we have to start asking them WHAT THEY WANT? More importantly we have to set up some kind of website or page that could be called “Voices of Dementia” (just a suggestion) where people with a diagnosis would write what they would like to happen regarding their treatment and care. This could then be passed onto the people it would most benefit for them to look at and hopefully learn from. But we need all the professionals which include carers, nurses and Drs alike to encourage all those with Dementia who they think would benefit from this, and encourage them to speak up and let everybody know that no longer are we going to be stood in the shadow of this awful disease but we are standing, together, as one, to fight it all the way. It’s not about “Carers” or us, or US and Carers, or even Nurses or Carers, but about all of us pulling together, pooling our resources and helping peolpe with Dementia understand they are not alone but have a voice to change things to come. All our love, Norrms and family

    • You have hit the nail right on the head Norms and family: and as I write we are working on A Dementia Voice and A Care Home Voice … which together with A Carer’s Voice will come under our flagship Dementia Friendly Communities website … we’re nearly there, so watch this space … and keep the ideas coming … really like the one re people with dementia writing what they would like to happen regarding their treatment and care … will make sure that’s on the Dementia Voice … Thank you … Ann

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