The aim of this exciting new project is to promote the personal autonomy and decision making of hard to reach, older people with dementia who are isolated and at high risk of disempowerment.
My Life My Way is a partnership project with the Big Lottery Fund and the Belfast and Northern Health and Social Care Trusts.
How it works
Following receipt of a referral our 'Community Navigator' makes contact with the older person as soon as possible to complete an initial assessment and match a suitable volunteer.
Our volunteers, known as 'Dementia Ambassadors', will then offer signposting and provide relevant information about care options and entitlements which will allow the individual with dementia or their carer to make better informed decisions. It is hoped this will empower older people who have been diagnosed with dementia as they gain improved personal choice, control and Influence over decisions about their care as they recognise their dignity they deserve as they continue to live life their way less lonely.
Volunteer as a Dementia Ambassador
We need more volunteers to be 'Dementia Ambassadors' who will provide support to older people with dementia and their carers.
As an Age NI Dementia Ambassador, you will:
- Learn new skills
- Feel great about making a positive and life changing difference
- Learn and share your knowledge about related services and activities in the local area and how to access them.
Age NI will provide you with on-going training and guidance, one-to-one support, out-of-pocket expenses and experience into the ageing and dementia process.
If you would like to volunteer as an Age NI Dementia Ambassador, please contact us via the details below.
Please tell others, who you think would be interested, about this opportunity.
Make a referral
We welcome referrals from a wide range of sources in order to reach out and connect with older people using a person centred approach.
If you would like to refer someone to the service, please contact us via the details below.
Belfast Trust area (Belfast and part of Castlereagh)
Emma Taylor - Age NI Community Navigator
Tel: 07436 581 437 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Trust area
(Initially: Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey council areas)
Mandy Wilson - Age NI Community Navigator
Tel: 07436 581 438 Email: email@example.com