FSCT (Frieda Scott Charitable Trust)  Funded Dementia Carer Service Co-ordinator

My name is Suzanne Duckworth and I am the Dementia Carer  Service Co-ordinator at South Lakeland Carers. I am also one of the Adult Carer Support Workers .

I have been working in the field of dementia for over 17 years and I have an Honours Degree in Health and Sociology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies. Previously I have worked with the Alzheimer’s Society as a Family Support Co-ordinator and then I had my own company Therapeutic Dementia Support Services for 7 years when I worked on a one-to-one basis with people with dementia and their Carers.

The National Dementia Strategy says “Family Carers are the most important resource available for people with dementia.”   Our specialist Dementia Support Service Co-ordinator along with the Adult Carer Support Workers will empower Carers of people with dementia (PWD) in South Lakeland to improve their wellbeing and continue in their caring role.

We will provide practical advice and emotional support, both on a one to one basis through our Support Worker and through peer support groups.  We will deliver training to improve Carers’ understanding of dementia and help build their confidence in caring. Carers will also benefit from our other services, including relaxation therapies, counselling and sitting service.  Our work will enable Carers to improve their health and feel more in control of their daily lives.  They will feel less isolated, have a greater understanding of dementia and will have developed strategies to manage their own wellbeing.


South Lakes Dementia Hub Facebook

19 hours ago
Ronnie Gardiner Method

There is a session of the Ronnie Gardiner Method run by Sheila Stafford at the Gateway Centre in Kendal every Friday contact them for more info.

The Ronnie Gardiner Method has been implemented with health care and rehabilitation since 1993 in Sweden.

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19 hours ago
Age UK South Lakeland

Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Cafe provide opportunities for people to ask questions and learn more about dementia http://ow.ly/5m2b308SjBK

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19 hours ago
Space2Create

Great session at Space2Create today for Carers, weekly on Tuesdays 1.30-4pm.

Carers Group 27th June

The group today had new members as it gathers momentum and we had a dabble with mono printing. The group first practiced inking up a p,ate and mark making onto paper or ... See more

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21 hours ago
Care & Dementia Show

Should be lots of advice available and all the most up to date products and technology on show.

Care Show is designed to provide training, solutions and networking opportunities to support those connected to and responsible for the care of others. Care Show will bring you inspiration, ... See more

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22 hours ago
The Fylde Coast Dementia Hub

Dementia Friends training on Fylde Coast anyone?

Dementia Friends session this Friday at MAC Clinical Research Bispham. Spread the word 🙂

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1 day ago
South Lakes Dementia Hub

Carers creative session at Space2Create tomorrow 1.30-4pm, The Factory, Aynam rd, Kendal.
Refreshments and materials provided £3.
Come along for a friendly welcome and a supportive environment ... See more

Great Carers creative session today at Space2 Create today and every Tuesday 1.30pm-4pm. The Factory, Aynam Road Kendal.

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2 days ago
South Lakes Dementia Hub

With Singing in Mind group meets every Monday 1.30-3pm at Hallgarth Community Centre Kendal. LA95NU..........
Singing is proven to
* Boost your immune system
*Exercises your respiratory system
* ... See more

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2 days ago
Defying Dementia

If you have ever consulted a doctor about memory problems then you might have been asked to draw a clock face. Why? Because evidence suggests that drawing a clock is an excellent measure of certain ... See more

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The Bay Dementia Hub

Ex England star Alan Shearer is on a quest to discover why so many footballers seem to be developing dementia.

As the Premier League’s top goal scorer it’s not surprising that Shearer is ... See more

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5 days ago

We need your vote to support our work with Carers of people with dementia. Help us win up to £25,000 by voting in the MCF Community Awards. Your vote matters #MCFawards

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South Lakeland Carers dementia services

Research gathered form A Road Less Rocky – Supporting Carers of People with Dementia published by the Carers Trust.

dementia support groupCarers support groups were found to be of value to carers of people with dementia according to several studies. In their systematic review of information and support interventions for carers of people with dementia, Thompson and colleagues (2007) found statistically significant evidence that group-based supportive interventions impacted positively on the psychological morbidity of carers of people with dementia (but they did not find any evidence for positive impact of any other form of intervention) (Thompson et al, 2007). A facilitated focus group provided for carers of people with dementia in Callaby and colleagues’ (2012) research was considered successful by carers because it involved social contact with others in the same situation and also provided physical activity. Members of therapeutic support groups in Manslow and Vandenberghe’s (2010) study valued these groups because they enabled them to acknowledge their feelings and experiences.

Carers also received support and validation from other members of the group. Specialist groups for black, Asian and minority ethnic carers of people with dementia gave members the opportunity to socialise without the stigma of dementia putting constraints on their enjoyment (Mackenzie, 2006). The groups also gave carers the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings and enabled them to realise that they were not alone. Spouse carers in O’Shaughnessy and colleagues’ (2010) research also benefited from being with other carers of people with dementia; they gained a sense of belonging and emotional validation from attending carers support groups. Support groups were also seen as being useful for getting information/advice and for providing learning opportunities (O’Shaughnessy et al, 2010; Quinn et al, 2008). Carers in Chaudhry’s (2008) study found the groups useful as a place to learn about dementia and local services, and they had reduced levels of stress following the programme of seven weekly groups than they had had prior to the groups starting.

Dementia Carer Support Group meets every third Wednesday in the month at our offices and Shap Road, from 10.30am-12.30pm for peer suppor, advice and information.