Workshops

Forthcoming workshops

The DSDC team are delighted to announce that we are now able to deliver the dementia education workshops for family carers and volunteers online, and we would like to thank everyone who took part in our piolt sessions. Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we will continue to deliver workshops online.

Scheduled training dates:
31 May + 1 June, 11 – 12.30pm (online)

If you are interested in hosting or attenting a workshop for family carers and volunteers please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at dementia@stir.ac.uk or on 01786 467740.

This project currently has funding to deliver workshops across Scotland, with focus on rural areas, including the Islands.


Sheila Sloan attended a DSDC workshop and it had a dramatic effect on her and her husband’s life. Sheila’s husband Ian kindly spoke at DSDC’s International Masterclass in 2019, sharing his experiences before and after the workshop. His presentation, titled ‘Living with dementia: how DSDC changed my life’, can be watched below.

Ian Sloan, ‘Living with dementia: how DSDC changed my life’

If you are unable to attend a workshop but would like to receive the takeaway resources, the 10 Helpful Hints range, please email us at dementia@stir.ac.uk with your name and postal address. Please note that we only have funding to share these resources free of charge in Scotland.


Workshop content

DSDC has created informal educational face to face workshops for family carers and volunteers. Each workshop lasts around four hours and is completely free to attend. Each workshop will cover:

  • Understanding dementia.
  • Implications of a diagnosis.
  • Understanding the impact of the environment.
  • Addressing communication issues and strategies that can be used to better understand behaviour, which can help in caring and support roles.
  • Preventing stress and distress.
  • Managing common symptoms for people living at home.
  • Preventing crisis situations leading to inappropriate hospital admissions.
  • Promoting support networks through fellow carers and shared experiences.

Workshops are all one off standalone events, which provide informal carers and volunteers with the knowledge and understanding that will support them in their role(s).

The online learning hub (the information found under the ‘Dementia Information’ tab on this website) reflects the content provided in the face to face workshops. The workshops can be used in conjunction with the online hub or the workshops/online hub can be used independently of one another.

Dementia education workshops for family carers and volunteers

Testimonials

“Thanks – an excellent day – pitched at the right level”

“I know more after today than I have over the last 8 years”

“I was amazed at how helpful [the] information was considering I worked in the care industry.”

Theme by the University of Stirling

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