A free event is being held in Norwich next month (Sept) to provide
advice and support for families and friends who care for people living with
“A Road Less Rocky” is a drop-in event on Monday, 17 September, 10am - 3pm, and
will include 20 advice stalls and talks on subjects such as medication,
managing difficult behaviour and lasting power of attorney.
Organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in conjunction
with Carers Matter Norfolk, the service that supports carers across Norfolk, it
will take place in Breckland Hall (next door to Costessey Library) in Breckland
Road, Costessey NR8 0RW. Free parking will be available.
Howard Tidman, a Senior Practitioner with NSFT’s Great Yarmouth Acute Services,
said the event was named after a 2013 report by the Carers Trust charity that
found that carers of people with dementia were not getting the support and
advice they often desperately need.
“We last held A Road Less Rocky event in 2015 but since then many more people
have become carers of loved ones with dementia so there’s a clear need to do
more,” he said.
“I have a particular passion for supporting carers, who play a valuable, yet
challenging, role. It is important to offer them as much help and support as we
“We hope as many people as possible will drop in on September 17, listen to our
inspirational speakers and take away some ideas, hints and tips which may help
both them and the person they are caring for.”
As well as carers of people living with dementia, anyone with an interest in
dementia and professionals would also be welcome to attend, he added.
A Road Less Rocky will feature a number of talks, including:
• “What is dementia?” by Nigel Gill, a psychiatrist based at the UEA Medical
• “How does medication help in dementia?” by Daisy Lo, a Pharmacist based
• “How to manage difficult behaviour” by NSFT’s Cathie Jones, a community
mental health nurse based in Norwich.
Each talk is scheduled to last about 30 minutes and 15 minutes will be allocated
afterwards for questions.
Among the organisations taking part in A Road Less Rocky will be the
Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Admiral Nurses (specialist dementia nurses who
support families living with dementia), Norfolk County Council, Home Instead Norwich
(which specialises in supporting older people to live comfortably and safely in
their own homes) and NSFT’s carers’ support team, as well as local community
dementia support services.
* Anyone wanting further details should contact Howard Tidman (07557 290169; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sarah
Caption: Howard Tidman
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