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Tuesday March 12 2019


Salford dementia training provider celebrates anniversary with new project


Empowered Conversations training provider celebrates two-year anniversary with the launch of a new project that will support more carers in Salford



Salford dementia training provider celebrates anniversary with new project

A dementia communications provider is celebrating its two-year anniversary with the launch of a new project to support more carers in Salford.

The Empowered Conversations training course, which was developed by Salford social enterprise Six Degrees and the University of Salford’s Institute for Dementia, thanks to Big Lottery Fund, is free to access for family members and friends of people living with dementia, to give practical ways to enjoy conversations together and stay connected.  

Over the two years, courses have been run in nine out of the 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester, there have been 24 family carer training courses with 177 people completing the four sessions and more than 250 professionals that have been trained too.

Now, Empowered Conversations is expanding to set up a new one-to-one support service – Empowered Carers – which will complement the existing workshops – by offering tips on ways to cope with caring for loved ones with dementia and staying connected to others with six free online sessions.

This new two-year project will work with a total of 50 carers, with the aims of reducing carer stress, enhancing wellbeing and reducing admissions into hospital and care homes for people with dementia.

It has been made possible thanks to a grant totalling £85,700 from the Third Sector Fund – a fund provided by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and delivered by Salford Community and Voluntary Services (CVS).

Dr Phil McEvoy, chief executive of Six Degrees, said: “We are delighted to be starting a new two-year project at the two-year anniversary of Empowered Conversations. We have trained hundreds of carers so far from individual carers – wives, husbands, daughters, sons, sisters and brothers to hospital and council staff, the housing sector, voluntary services and the third sector, to help people with dementia and carers stay connected. Now, with our new project, we hope to give more support to carers in Salford.”

For more information on Empowered Conversations and Empowered Carers go to http://empowered-conversations.co.uk/

PHOTO: The Empowered Conversations team of trainers - with chief executive Dr Phil McEvoy 



"We are delighted to be starting a new two-year project at the two-year anniversary of Empowered Conversations. We have trained hundreds of carers so far and hope to support hundreds more."
Dr Phil McEvoy, chief executive of Six Degrees








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