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More opportunities to share your experiences to help improve support for those living with dementia on the Isle of Wight

Published on 29 August 2019 12:12 PM


Age UK Isle of Wight, Alzheimer’s Café IOW, Carers IW and Healthwatch Isle of Wight are working in collaboration with the IW Council, NHS Trust and IW Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a strategy for dementia care for the Isle of Wight.

We know that dementia is a condition which can impact on everyone and this is why we value feedback from Island residents to help us shape and improve the support which is available for people living with dementia, plus their carers, families and friends.

A short online survey is available now at until Monday 14th October and we would like as many people as possible to take the time to complete this to share your views, experiences of local services and what they feel is needed to make the Island a better place to live with dementia.

Following a well-attended event in St Thomas’s Square, Newport in July, we will be hosting further events in September and October. We would like to invite you to come along and talk to staff and volunteers from our voluntary sector partners at any of the following events:

Alzheimer Café Isle of Wight are running focus groups for people with dementia their family and carers. All are welcome to attend in:

Location Date Time
Ryde: All Saint's Church, Queens Road, Ryde, PO33 3BG Friday 6th September 11.30am to 2pm
Newport: Ace 7 Café, Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport, PO30 2DR Tuesday 10th September 10.30am to 12.30pm
Totland: St. Saviour's Centre, Weston Lane, Totland, PO39 0HE Wednesday 18th September 2pm to 4.30pm
The Bay: United Reformed Church, High Street, Shanklin, PO37 6LA Wednesday 25th September 2pm to 4pm 
Newport: St John's Church Hall, St John’s Church Road, Newport, PO30 1EQ Thursday 26th September 6pm to 8.30pm
Cowes: Methodist Church, Birmingham Road, Cowes PO31 7BH Wednesday 9th October 2pm to 4pm

Age UK Isle of Wight are hosting Age Friendly Public Forums. All are welcome to attend in:

Location Date Time
Sandown: Sandown Library, 119 High Street, Sandown, PO36 8AF Thursday 5th September 10.30am to 12.30pm
Ryde: All Saints Church, Queen's Road, Ryde, PO33 3AF Thursday 5th September 2pm to 4pm
Newport: Lord Louis Library, 44 Orchard Street, Newport, PO30 1LL Tuesday 10th September 2pm to 4pm
West Wight: West Wight Sports Centre, Moa Place, Freshwater, PO40 9XH Thursday 12th September 10am to 12pm

Carers IW are gathering the views and experiences of carers at:

Location Date Time
Newport: Dementia Carers Café Forum, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2DR Monday 7th October 1.30pm to 3pm

 Age UK Isle of Wight will on hand to hear your views and experiences in:

Location Date Time
Lake: Aldi, Whitecross Lane, Lake, PO36 9FT Tuesday 10th September   10am to 3pm
Ryde: Tesco Extra, Brading Road, Ryde, PO33 1QS Friday 27h September 10am to 3pm

If you would like to request a paper copy of the survey please contact Age UK Isle of Wight on (01983) 301341.

Nik Attfield, Head of Development at Age UK Isle of Wight said of the events:

“This is an exciting opportunity for the public to help shape dementia support services on the Island for the future. Through our day-to-day work we see the impact living with dementia has on individuals, plus their friends and family. We, as a group of organisations, believe that with the public’s help we can work together to improve the support available locally for those with dementia and their carers.

“That’s why it’s so vitally important for us to speak to as many Islanders that have been impacted by dementia as possible, their views and experiences will help us to ensure that the most effective and efficient support is provided for those who need it most.”