Starting in 2012 as a small group of people living with dementia, who met weekly, ‘Me, Myself and I’ has grown in to an established co-operative charity that helps people with dementia, their families to have better lives – and train new carers ready for employment.
Me, Myself and I challenges traditional service culture, one that does too people rather than with people. Through co-operation it has given opportunities to people and carers (paid and unpaid) to create interdependent caring services, rather than access a fixed menu of care.
“We’re empowering people and asking them what do they want… we asked our guests (people with memory loss) what they want… they don’t want to be labelled, they want to be listened to – of course, this is what everybody wants. And, our training academy for care workers/Personal Assistants is about changing culture – I asked our guests to help as they’re the experts”
– Founder member
Its approach to sharing responsibility to develop services with people who access services and with people who provide care is purely co-operative. At weekly meetings, the members of Me, Myself and I express their ideas and views about the organisation and its activities. Its ethos is ‘people helping people’ and as Me, Myself and I helps its members to become more confident, they in turn help other with advice to be more assured in living with dementia.
“When he was first diagnosed it was doom and gloom, not now – we’ve got a future, this is our future because of the force we’ve got here and the coming together”
– Family member (husband has dementia)