JEEVAN - Dementia Project working with South Asian Communities
What is a Dementia Link Worker?
The Link Worker will provide dedicated support to South Asian (Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi) people with a diagnosis of dementia, their families and carers. The Worker will provide flexible and proactive advice, information and support to people with a new diagnosis of dementia for a minimum of one year.
The Link worker will also help with the following;
- Help to understand the illness and manage your symptoms
- Support to keep up your community connections and make new ones
- Peer support – the chance to meet other people with dementia and their carers and family
- Help to plan for future decision making
- Help to plan for your future support
- The project will work under the 5 Pillars framework.
How is it funded?
This post is funded through The Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust.
What are the aims?
The aims of the Project are:
- To carry out a series of appropriate Awareness Raising and Education sessions for the South Asian communities.
- To support early diagnosis through improving access to memory assessment services.
- To provide Post-diagnostic Support through the provision of advocacy and casework.
- To challenge stigma about dementia within the target communities.
- To Support to Carers from South Asian Communities.
- The project will work in partnership with mainstream statutory and voluntary sector providers to build their knowledge and capacity to work more effectively with the target communities.