Plaque honours charity’s dementia project

A borough charity has been recognised for its work in supporting Comic Relief.

North Tyneside-based Independent Advocacy North East (IANE) has become one of more than 2,100 charities across the UK to receive a ‘Red Plaque’ in recognition of its work supporting the annual fundraising event.

Dementia has a devastating impact on the people who are diagnosed and the families who care for them.

Keith Thompson, chief executive for IANE

The Dementia Advocacy Project, funded by Comic Relief, has been developed following increased demand to provide advocacy services for vulnerable people in North Tyneside diagnosed with the illness.

The round and red plaque features a quote from one of Comic Relief’s supporters Davina McCall – and is now in IANE’s North Shields office.

Keith Thompson, chief executive for IANE, said: “Dementia has a devastating impact on the people who are diagnosed and the families who care for them.

“We work ensure people are heard in key decisions that impact on them; enabling people to access appropriate services and support and challenge poor and discriminatory practice.”

The project aims to ensure adults with dementia have access to accurate information to enable them to make informed decisions.

The project will also provide support for families and carers by giving them access to self advocacy support groups at the specialist units in North Tyneside and ‘drop in’ sessions at nursing homes in the borough.