Sheffield Dementia Involvement Group (SHINDIG)


SHINDIG is a city wide forum that meets 4 times a year and aims to provide opportunities for people living with dementia in Sheffield (and their family carers) to share ideas, views and opinions on local services and developments.

The group is jointly organised by Sheffield Alzheimer’s Society and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. Membership is not fixed and SHINDIG is attended by about 18 people with dementia, 12 family carers and 10 staff from voluntary, health, social care and academic organisations in Sheffield.

The group name emerged because of the lively, sociable and fun atmosphere that is created and the logo depicts the commonly heard term of ‘All being in the same boat’.

After a social lunch the group briefly convene as a whole before breaking into smaller groups of: people with dementia; family carers or a mixed group of people with dementia and carers who prefer to work together.  Staff help facilitate and support conversations where necessary, whilst listening and committing to take back learning to their organisation.

Topics to date have included:

  • Experience of GP services;
  • Experiences and tips on living with dementia;
  • Experience of receiving a diagnosis and memory services;
  • Ways people with dementia can influence ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’;
  • Having a go at using iPads and technology to connect and have fun.


2019 Dates

All meetings take place at the Quaker Meeting House from 1pm-3.15pm. Booking a place is essential, so please contact Jo Wallace (see contact details below).

Thursday 5th September 2019

Thursday 5th December 2019


Reports from SHINDIG Topic Groups

SHINDIG Report – September 2019 – Norway comes to SHINDIG

SHINDIG Report – March 2019 – Information, Advice and Support Services: Experiences and needs

SHINDIG Report – September 2018 Keeping Active

SHINDIG Report – April 2018 What Support and Care is needed to Live Well with Dementia Informing Sheffield Dementia Strategy

SHINDIG Report December 2017 – Gathering service feedback from people with dementia – advice to staff

SHINDIG Report December 2016 Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance

SHINDIG Report 09 June 2015 Support and Services

SHINDIG Report 09 June 2015 Support and Services – brief summary

SHINDIG Report September 2014 future planning

SHINDIG Report Sept 2013 Memory Service

SHINDIG Report July 2013 Hints and Tips

SHINDIG Report March 2013 feedback GP services


To find out more please contact:

Jo Wallace – Alzheimer’s Society Sheffield, 0114 2768414; e-mail Jo

Claire Jepson – Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT, 0114 2718445; e-mail Claire