Peer support groups
Have you recently had a diagnosis of Dementia?
Are you concerned about what the future holds?
Do you have a lot of questions?
Our Peer Support Groups offer people in the early stages of Dementia the opportunity to share experiences and talk to others in a similar situation. These groups offer:
- Practical and emotional support in a confidential environment
- Information and advice tailored to individual needs
- Signposting and advice on other support available
- The opportunity to share experiences
- Guest speakers
A diagnosis of Dementia can often raise a lot of questions – How will it affect me? How will it impact on the people around me? What do I have to do to plan for the future?
Sometimes people do not want to raise these questions with professionals or families. The Peer Support Groups are made up of people living with Dementia who can use the sessions to relax over a cup of coffee, and share their experiences with each other, ask questions, and generally support each other.
Each session has a Mentor – a person who has Dementia themselves, who can help people to understand the condition from a personal point of view. The group has a Facilitator to support you and provide information if required.
People can come to groups as often as they need, or for as long as it is appropriate for them – some people come for an initial 6 weeks, just to find out information; others come regularly to meet up with friends, to share experiences, and to relax in a safe and comfortable environment where everyone understands you.
If you are interested in attending one of these groups please contact us and we will arrange to visit you and see how the group can meet your needs.
All discussions within the group are confidential so Carers do not attend though they are welcome to meet up, in another space, where they can talk and share their own experiences with the other Carers.
This is a free service however donations are welcomed to sustain the group. If you would like to join one of our Peer Support Groups please contact us on 01474 533990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dartford Peer Support Group – Darford Library, Market Square the Carnegie Room DA1 1EU, 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month 10am – 12pm
Gravesend Peer Support Group – Homemead Court DA12 1HL, 1st and 3rd Wednesday 10am-12pm
“I feel less cut away, this gives me confidence and I feel accepted” Person living with dementia
“A pleasure to be with people who share peer support” Person living with dementia