The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project – ‘DEEP’ is hosted by Innovations in Dementia, a small Community Interest Company. DEEP is not an Organisation – it is a network of independent peer support and influencing groups across the UK. DEEP aims to give a voice to people living with dementia, to enable people to remain socially engaged, to combat the fear and stigma associated with dementia, and to provide peer support and influencing opportunities.
There are currently two main DEEP groups in Shropshire, in Shrewsbury and Oswestry, with an embryo group in Whitchurch. These have been meeting for over a year.
Finding people living with dementia to come to these groups has been slow. This may be due to lack of understanding of the groups, reluctance to sit down with others with dementia, lack of explanation and promotion by health and care providers, or simply lack of public awareness and knowledge.
There is an aim to establish DEEP groups in:
- Craven Arms
- Bishops Castle
- Church Stretton
- Market Drayton
- Cleobury Mortimer
- Much Wenlock
The Deep Development Facilitator role is to:
- Establish ten new DEEP groups for people living with dementia across Shropshire (in addition to the current groups).
- To facilitate, provide support as required in consultation with the project leader and group members.
- To establish a county-wide network.
- To ensure at least 150 people living with dementia attend DEEP groups.
The contract will be for twelve months for the sum of £4,800.
Please apply in writing, in no more than 1,000 words, along with the names and addresses of two referees, explaining why you want to do this work, and how your experience and skills fit the requirements. Application letters should be sent to George Rook – please read the attached DEEP Development Facilitator document for all the information needed and for contact details.