DEEP stands for the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project. It is a UK network of dementia voices. DEEP consists of around 100 groups of people with dementia – groups that want to change things.
The aim of the network is to engage and empower people living with dementia to influence attitudes, services and policies that affect their lives.
This new network will work towards creating a local database of groups and individuals from across both counties, ultimately producing a handbook/directory of dementia support groups across Lancashire and Cumbria.
- a UK wide network – it connects groups to each other to magnify the views, hopes and intentions of people with dementia. It supports groups to share learning and skills and to increase confidence
- independent – the network belongs to the groups themselves, not to any particular dementia service or organisation
- diverse – it is made up of groups strongly rooted in their local communities, including some in care homes
- rights based – it encourages groups to identify and speak out about the issues that are important to them (not only to be ‘consulted’ about issues that are important to others)
The network is made up of a wide variety of local services – some large some small, but all offering something local to you. For example, Tai Chi groups, social support groups, knitting circles, memory cafes, singing groups and Information Hubs are welcome to join the network and more groups will be added over time.
If you are already an established dementia group and wish to consider joining the Lancashire and Cumbria DEEP Network, please contact us through the website below and we would be happy to discuss this with you.
If you are considering setting up a local group and don’t know where or how to start we can help by sharing ideas with you and if you meet the network criteria you may be eligible to apply through our network for DEEP grants when they become available.
Further information is available on our website: – www.lancashiredementiacommunity.org