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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

School of Law Dementia Clinic gains awards success

20 July 2017

The School of Law’s Dementia Clinic had a successful night at the 2017 Making a Difference Awards with Neil Allen winning the Inspiring Communities (staff) category.

The Clinic also won the award for the best pro bono/community initiative at the Manchester Legal Awards.

Manchester's Dementia Law Clinic is just the second clinic in the country to offer free legal support to dementia carers. Neil Allen says of the Clinic:

“For a family member of someone living with dementia, it’s not just the legal issues they might need help with. Often there might be nursing issues as well, or they might be struggling to cope. But carers often struggle to come out to the clinic to access advice.

"The Dementia Law Clinic makes sure it is as accessible as possible to families, ideally by conducting appointments with them in their own homes via Skype. For those who don’t have the technology, we’ve set up hotspots with the charity, Making Space, in dementia-friendly places, like day centres or memory clinics – somewhere they are familiar with – where there will be a computer set up with Skype for them to use, and training if they need it. That way we try to provide a truly holistic service.”

For more information on the Clinic visit the Legal Advice Centre website.

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