Dementia Involvement

Get involved with our dementia service user groups in Kent and Medway, including the Forget Me Nots and Memorybilia groups.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of diseases that damage our neurons, which are the nerve cells in our brains. With dementia, more and more damage to our nerve cells occurs. This damage affects our behaviour and our thinking abilities. Find out more about dementia.

Dementia Service User Envoys

There are two Dementia Service User Envoys in the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT). They are Chris Norris and Keith Oliver

The Dementia Service User Envoys help to engage with people using mental health services in Kent and Medway.Visit our Dementia Envoys page to find out about roles, talks the Envoys have given, interviews, publications and links. 

KMPT Dementia Service User Groups

Our Dementia Service User Groups aim to help people with dementia get their voices heard and help the Trust improve the quality of service they offer people with dementia. Find out more about the groups and how to get involved:

Dementia Focus magazine

Dementia Focus is a magazine to support people with dementia, their families and carers across Kent and Medway. The magazine is produced by NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), other NHS organisations in Kent and Kent County Council. 

The summer 2015 edition includes an article about Dementia Service User Envoy, Chris Norris, called 'Dementia doesn't stop Chris'. Chris talks about his experience of dementia and his involvement with the Forget Me Nots.

You can read Chris' article in Dementia Focus:

 Dementia Focus, Issue 2

Visit the NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group's Dementia Focus page for more information.

 

Dementia Diaries

Keith Oliver, Chris Norris and a number of other Forget Me Nots from the Trust have been involved in a project called the Dementia Diaries. The project brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries. 

Visit the Dementia Diaries website and listen to the diaries.

Dementia Diaries

Read about the Dementia Diarists in an article in the Mirror, February 2016