DEEP network celebrates 10-year anniversary with online festival
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The DEEP network launches 10th anniversary online celebrations, with events taking place from 5th to 9th December 2022.

DEEP, Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project, is a UK-wide network of over 80 groups of people living with dementia.

“Each group commits to the engagement and empowerment of its members. Friendship is at the heart of groups. This supports even the quietest voices to be heard. We all have the power to influence and change what happens in our dementia worlds: in our home, or street, our town or our country. It is incredibly powerful to be amongst people experiencing similar things.” explains the DEEP website.

Tommy Dunne, DEEP member spoke of his experience: “Through the DEEP groups I learnt to laugh again. What’s great about DEEP is that you can be yourself, there’s no hidden agendas. DEEP gives us hope and that hope fuels the lighthouse that we need to help us see our way through dementia.”

We recently heard about one such support group in this DCAN blog when Damian Murphy, Director of Innovations in Dementia, introduced the East Riders peer support group: “The aim is to introduce hope after the diagnosis. It’s about recovery from that blow to confidence and from the stigma, in the disabling world in which we live.”

Now, after 10 years as a network, DEEP is celebrating the community that has been created.  Throughout 2022 the network has hosted a range of activities, including over a dozen local events hosted by individual DEEP groups, or by a collection of regional groups.

From 5th to 9th December 2022, the network will be hosting a great range of online events including talks, films, podcasts, conversations and discussions.  For a full list of events visit the DEEP online festival page.

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