As of the launch of this Crowdfunder we have less than £100.00 to keep our charity running - please help us to keep this vital service available to people living with dementia in the UK.
We receive over 300 helpline enquiries a year and demand for our service is increasing every year. No other charity combines specialist knowledge of dementia with the laws, rules and regulations that govern the dementia journey. We need funds to continue to grow and support people with legal and financial issues.
Dementia is still underfunded compared with other illnesses. We aim to prevent people from paying for legal advice when what they simply need is a breakdown of their options. Timely intervention is essential. Leaving it too late has financial and emotional implications and without our support people living with dementia become increasingly vulnerable to feeling lost and/or stressed when making important decisions as they simply don't know where to find the information they need. Every family and every person with dementia is different and we look at the whole picture when responding to questions, providing enquirers with the options they can choose to pursue in order to move forward.
Since 2013 our helpline has seen an huge increase in demand for our services - we give people guidance on areas such as paying for care, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the role of the Court of Protection, community care laws, and welfare benefits. We speak to people who are feeling anxious about navigating these areas in addition to caring for someone who is living with dementia and have numerous testimonials which reflect the relief callers feel when we've given them the answer to often complex legal and financial questions. We deliver talks to community groups in addition to providing a helpline service.
I started my career at the Court of Protection, then worked as an advocate for people with dementia before moving into a role at the Alzheimer's Society working as their Legal and Welfare Officer. I fully empathise with the challenges the dementia journey creates and am passionate about giving people accurate information which can assist them in acting in the best interests of the person they are supporting.
Examples of testimonials:
"Thank you so much for the time you took to phone me back last week and the subsequent email you sent me. I literally felt a weight lifted from my shoulders following our conversation and as a result things are on a much more even keel"- testimonial from one of our enquirers, Mr N. Keenan, attorney for his parent.
"I can't tell you how invaluable it is to talk to someone calm who knows all about this stuff!" Mrs A. Bradley, carer
"I was advised to talk to you by an Admiral Nurse who said you were a legal whizz". Michael Elson, carer