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.
SHINDIG Meeting Dates 2018
All meetings take place at the Quaker Meeting House from 1pm-3.15pm
- Thursday 01 March 2018
- Thursday 07 June 2018
- Thursday 06 September 2018
- Thursday 06 December 2018
Reports from SHINDIG Topic Groups
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
Jane McKeown – Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT, 0114 2263950; e-mail Jane