Our Dementia Space Team win Great British Care Award!

Congratulations to our Dementia Space Team, the team behind our free Dementia Law Clinic, who won a Great British Care Award! 

Our consultant Admiral Nurse Kathryn Penrith was named Dementia Carer of the Year at the Great British Care Awards North West. The recognition comes for our Dementia Space team's project Dementia Law Clinic, which offers free legal advice to the family and friends of people with dementia.

The clinic, which currently operates from our Warrington headquarters, is the first free legal advice clinic in the country to offer three services: legal advice, Admiral Nursing and communication/activity support for families living with dementia.

Kathryn, alongside colleagues Rachel Yates and Micheal McLaughlin, set up the clinic in July 2015 to advise on the many complex issues that can arise when caring for someone with dementia, including care home disputes and powers of attorney.

Once the pilot project in Warrington is completed, we hope to offer a one-of-a-kind technology-supported legal advice surgery for families living with dementia across a wider area.

Kathryn said: "The clinic is already making a real difference to local families who don't know where to turn. What we have found is that families require additional psychological and practical support as well as the legal advice and this is why we offer several components delivered by skilled professionals in those areas.

"This is where we really differ from other sources of legal advice relating to dementia care. Through the Dementia Space team, in partnership with the University of Manchester, we are a comprehensive advice package.

"Caring can be a full-time responsibility, so we are flexible in our attempts to meet families needs. Technology supports us to do this both face-to-face and from a distance".

Neil Allen, barrister and law lecturer at project partner University of Manchester is one of the legal supervisors.

He said: "When a carer books into a consultation, we will discuss their case, clarifying the legal issues. A letter of advice will be sent out within two weeks".

Kathryn and the team were presented with the award at a gala dinner at The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. 

As well as being a finalist in this category, we were thrilled to be selected as finalists in four other categories. 

Congratulations once again to the team, and to our other finalists, Karen Robinson and Andy de Vares. 

The next Dementia Law Clinic will be held on Monday 23 November.

Enquiries about the Dementia Law Clinic can be made to Kathryn Williams at Kathryn.penrith@makingspace.co.uk  or  free.legal@manchester.ac.uk on 0161 275 7976