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My Life My Way

My Life My Way

'My life My Way' is a project providing support to older people with dementia and their carers in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas.

The aim of this exciting 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.

Our volunteers 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.

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 Information & Support Volunteers, 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.

Become an Information & Support Volunteer

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 Information & Support Volunteer, 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
Area covers: Belfast and part of Castlereagh
Contact: George Smith, Age NI Community Navigator
Tel: 07436 581 437
Email: George.Smith@ageni.org

Northern Trust area 
Area initially covers: Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne, Ballyclare & Newtownabbey areas.
Contact: Aimee McNaghten, Age NI Community Navigator 
Tel: 07977 514 892
Email: aimee.mcnaghten@ageni.org

 

Last updated: Nov 21 2018

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