When coping with disability, illness, caring, have you ever met someone that you just know understands what you are going through, but more importantly knows what is needed to help you come to terms with a serious diagnosis. Someone who looks to the family as a whole.
I met someone just like the above last week. Her name is Liz Williams and she works for our local Alzheimers Society organisation. She visited our home for the 1st time, and in those few hours we received advice, support, understanding, but also something more. She gave us Hope. This was to be ongoing long term support. That is now under threat.
Last night our local paper, The Shields Gazette, ran a story outlining how through funding cuts she may lose her job at the end of this month. Both local MPs, David Miliband and Stephen Hepburn, are onboard to try stop this happening.
The number of people with Alzheimers/Dementia is increasing at an alarming rate. It would be irresponsible to cut local services.
Having been involved with CarerWatch for some years, this is only time I have used it in a personal capacity. However, I am asking for your help.
You may or may not have experience of Alzheimers but you will know some one who has. Will you help me with this campaign to save Liz Williams job?
send comments to Alzheimers Society here include any concerns you have in your area too. Help them build a wider picture of where the cuts are happening
you can tweet them @alzheimerssoc or our local paper @shieldsgazette
email the journalist covering this story -
Through the use of the internet I know where the online support networks are. Talking Point and Carers UK support forums have helped me so much. However, it is vital that face to face local services remain. It was one of the reasons why I supported Pat Onions and her petition and many other campaigns.
It will take 2 seconds for you to help raise awareness. Do a brief blog post, add to twitter and facebook. Share with family and friends.
These cuts are coming fast, getting deeper each time. This time it is affecting my family, it could be you next.
Enough is enough.