Who or what is DEEP?
DEEP stands for the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project – it is the UK network of dementia voices. DEEP consists of around 100 groups of people with dementia – groups that want to change things. It is financial supported by several large organisations including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation,Comic relief and is hosted by Innovations in Dementia. DEEP itself is self managed by all the member groups
- a UK wide network – it connects groups to each other to magnify the views, hopes and intentions of people with dementia. It supports groups to share learning and skills and to increase confidence
- independent – the network belongs to the groups themselves, not to any particular dementia service or organisation
- diverse – it is made up of groups strongly rooted in their local communities, including some in care homes
- rights based – it encourages groups to identify and speak out about the issues that are important to them(not only to be ‘consulted’ about issues that are important to others)