Irish Dementia Working Group
The Irish Dementia Working Group (IDWG) was set up in 2013. It is an advocacy group of people who have been diagnosed with dementia. The group is an independent campaigning voice for the lived experience with 30 active members throughout Ireland.
The group meet to share experiences and highlight issues that are important to them. It is a space to do something proactive and positive and bring some hope and purpose to life after diagnosis. The IDWG are working to improve life for people living with dementia throughout Ireland.
The group is supported by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and their work is overseen by a Steering Group comprised of six people living with dementia. The IDWG is made up of an Eastern Group which meets in Dublin, a Southern Group which meets in Mitchelstown in Cork and coming in 2019 a North Western Group.
Dementia Carers Campaign Network
The Dementia Carers Campaign Network (DCCN) is an advocacy group for those who have experience caring for a loved one with dementia. The DCCN was formed in 2013 and it aims to represent, raise awareness and campaign on the distinct needs of people who care for someone with dementia.
The DCCN is open to anyone in the Republic of Ireland who has experience caring for someone with dementia. It is a national campaigning group, raising awareness of issues facing families affected by dementia and lobbying for policy change.
The group is supported by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and their work is overseen by a Committee comprised of six people who have experience of caring for a loved one with dementia. The DCCN is made up of an Eastern Group which meets in Dublin and a Mid Western Group that meets in Limerick.