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I was sinking!


Emma works full time, she has 3 dogs, 2 grown up kids (Thomas and Millie) and supports her mum who is an ex dental nurse with mixed dementia and her dad who has a range of health issues and is currently going through a dementia diagnosis. How did you find out about Empowered Conversations? I [...]

I was sinking!2023-12-05T15:00:34+00:00

You can’t pour from an empty cup!


I spent a lovely half an hour chatting with Diana last week.  Diana has been married to Malcolm for 30 years, with 4 children between them from previous marriages. Malcolm started struggling with his short-term memory and spatial awareness.  ‘At first we didn’t tell anybody, I was scared of people finding out.  If we went [...]

You can’t pour from an empty cup!2023-10-10T12:16:03+00:00

What’s a death doula?


I'd heard of a doula to support people coming into the world but I'd never heard of one helping those about to leave the world!   Vic is an end of life or death doula, we had a conversation so that I could learn more about this role and how it can support families and [...]

What’s a death doula?2023-09-28T12:29:09+00:00

Empowered Carers – ‘It’s a conversation not just information!’


Empowered Carers – Unique support for employees who are caring for family members with dementia.   ‘I didn’t realise how much I needed Empowered Carers until I attended the first session.  From a business perspective, I do think it would be hugely beneficial to offer this service out to staff who are carers’ Employee at [...]

Empowered Carers – ‘It’s a conversation not just information!’2023-07-13T16:02:32+00:00

“Share how you are coping”


We are highlighting and celebrating family carers that have accessed our services.   Bruce from Bolton looks after both of his parents.  His mum lives with both dementia and more recently, physical disabilities, whilst his Dad is blind. Taking responsibility for them full-time, Bruce was referred to our communication course which helped him to understand [...]

“Share how you are coping”2023-10-16T13:59:42+00:00

Dementia Action Week


The importance of a diagnosis and timely support Dementia Action Week 2023 is held on 15-21 May and this year, the campaign is focusing on the importance of a diagnosis, encouraging people to ‘Act on Dementia’.   Sisters Sue and Gill, alongside their Dad Roy, all cared for their Mum Hettie, who was living with [...]

Dementia Action Week2023-05-12T09:37:15+00:00

I have been given the space which helps relieve stress …


  The importance of Empowered Conversations: “I have been given the space which helps relieve stress just by talking about things”   Sarah cares for her husband Steve, who was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia. Sarah has completed our communications course for family caregivers and has also accessed one-to-one support with our Empowered Carers team. [...]

I have been given the space which helps relieve stress …2023-03-14T11:46:29+00:00

Empowered Conversations has taken the loneliness out of my caring


  Christine cares for her husband who has had dementia since 2015, and in the latter years his condition has become worse. Christine, who was put in contact with us through Age UK Salford and Age UK Bolton, has now completed our communications course for family caregivers.   Christine said: “It is an absolute privilege [...]

Empowered Conversations has taken the loneliness out of my caring2023-03-14T11:38:27+00:00

“It’s just nice to talk”


It’s just nice to talk : One-to-one sessions supporting family caregivers Lil Edwards from Bolton cares for her husband, who has been living with dementia for four years. The pair enjoy using local dementia cafes and centres, and Lil began accessing our one-to-one support sessions in June 2022, which are specially tailored for family caregivers. [...]

“It’s just nice to talk”2023-03-08T09:44:06+00:00

Bolton Family Carergivers improved wellbeing


Bolton Family Caregivers wellbeing improved through our ‘Empowered Carers’ service, report shows.  A new report carried out in Bolton showed that the wellbeing of Family Caregivers caring for someone with dementia can be improved with specialist one-to-one support.  Ten Carers received six sessions each from Empowered Carers, which offered emotional and practical support for those [...]

Bolton Family Carergivers improved wellbeing2023-01-23T13:38:12+00:00
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