This course runs throughout the year and is designed for friends and family of people who have been diagnosed with a rare type of dementia and/ or at a younger age (often considered to be under 65 years). The content of this young onset course is similar to the core course; it offers the same opportunities to gain a better understanding of your friend or family member, the type of dementia they have and time to discuss the unique challenges you’re facing to help you become more confident in your caring role. As with the core course, there will be time to think about your own well-being and you will be provided with a range of tools to enhance your resilience.
As a charity we do not make a profit. We are fortunate to have reserves from the sale of the assets of our previous charity (we used to own care homes) to invest in the development and start-up costs of our new services. It costs the charity £650 per carer to deliver the course, including food and accommodation. We do not want anyone to be excluded from our services so we are not charging a fee for our courses. Therefore, we invite course participants to donate to the charity on completion of the course, if they are able to. A donation of £5 pays for a coffee break for a carer, £15 pays for a carer’s lunch and £300 pays for an expert course facilitator for a day. All donations, big or small, make such a difference.