Together in Dementia Every Day (tide)
Together in Dementia Every Day (tide)

tide- together in dementia every day is the UK wide involvement network for carers and former carers of people living with dementia, hosted by the Life Story Network CIC. We do not provide direct support to carers of people living with dementia in their caring role, as many other organisations do this. Rather, we bring together current and former carers of people with dementia and through our bespoke development programme we give them the tools and confidence to get involved to influence policy, practice and research. At tidewe also recognise that not all former carers may want to stay actively involved in campaigning and influencing and through our work with them, we will facilitate former carers in moving on with their lives, finding new roles, once their caring role has come to an end. The overall aim of tidecarers’ network is to improve their experiences as unpaid carers as well as the services available to those they care for. In recognition of these needs, the Life Changes Trust is providing a four year grant for tidecarers network to become established in Scotland.

Current vacancies

Regional Carers Engagement Lead

  • Part time
  • £25,000 – £28,000 pro-rata
  • North of Scotland
  • Closing 4th January 2019

Created by carers for carers, tide – together in dementia every day is a national involvement network for carers and former carers of people with dementia hosted by Life Story Network CIC. Using lived experience, tide enables a diverse range of carers to have a powerful collective voice, which raises awareness of their unique needs and rights, ensuring that these influence practice, policy and research at all levels.

This post will cover Dundee, Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands Regions and is funded by the Life Changes Trust.

As Regional Carer Engagement Lead for the North of Scotland, you will be working closely with our other Regional Leads, the National Carer Engagement Lead and our Learning and Development Team to strengthen and increase the establishment of the tide network in Scotland. You will have responsibility for the designated geographical regions as well as a thematic lead, which may include one of the following: carers of people living with dementia from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities, young carers caring for family members with dementia or carers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Duties include:

• proactively recruiting new carer members, being the first point of contact within the region for carers and former carers

• assisting carers to participate in events, helping them with their contribution and presentation, providing carers with the emotional and psychological support before during and after the engagement process (including sending briefing documents, alerting them to the nature of the audience, environment and key themes)

• fostering collaborative working relationships with other statutory and voluntary organisations and networks across the region.

You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a qualification in Health, Social Care or similar would be an advantage, though not essential.

You must have experience and/or an understanding of dementia and the emotional and practical challenges that families experience; this may be through experience of caring for someone with dementia.

This post requires remote home working (with access to hot desking opportunities as required), and travel within the region in addition to travel to the Head Office in Glasgow and occasional national travel with an overnight stay, so a full clean driving licence and access to a car are essential.

With your help we can influence more policy makers, commissioners, and service providers from grass roots to national policy level. This will ensure that the needs of carers of people with dementia are truly recognised and met so that they can care for the person with dementia better and for longer, with increased knowledge and confidence.