SIT-UP Awards, in association with The Park Theatre, will be presenting SIT-UP Sunday on 28th October 2018. This is an opportunity to see Christina Murdock’s Dangerous Giant Animals, the winner of the inaugural SIT-UP Award plus And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You, one of our highly commended productions.
On this page you will find the links from the support flier provided at the event.
Pip Upton’s play looks at the devastating effects of dementia on both the sufferers and their families and friends.
‘Dementia’ refers to a group of symptoms that affect brain functions such as recognition, memory, language and planning and which deteriorates with time. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing, it is not a disease in itself and it is not usually inherited. It is estimated that there are around 850,000 dementia sufferers in the UK and in 2016 it overtook heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales accounting for around 15.4% of all female deaths and 8% of all male. Alzheimer’s disease is the major causes of dementia, affecting around 65% of all dementia sufferers.
Information and Support
Main Charities and sources of further information include; NHS Dementia Guide, Dementia UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Dementia Statistics Hub, Which Dementia Guide (also covers possible benefit entitlements) and the BBC website.
Support, events and tools for sufferers and their families can also be found through Dementia Friends, PlayList For Life music playlists and organisations involved in Arts4Dementia.
Information on hospices can be found at Hospice UK.
How Can You Help?
Donate to one of the charities outlined above.
Join a research programme at Join Dementia Research or be a ‘Citizen Scientist’ helping to analyse experimental results at Stall Catchers.
Join Dementia Friends.
Alzheimer's Research UK
Dementia Statistics Hub
BBC Support page
NHS Dementia Guide
Which Dementia Guide
Playlist for Life
Join Dementia Research
Christina Murdock’s looks at growing up as the sibling carer of a disabled sister and its impact on the whole family. It is estimated that there are 500,000 young people in the UK with a disabled sibling, many of whom also act as carers. There are currently around seven million carers in the UK.
Many young carers are bullied at school and receive little support with an average of 48 school days missed a year. Young adult carers (16 to 18) are twice as likely to not be in education or employment.
A ‘sandwich carer’, is one looking after both children and adults, there may be as many as 2.4 million in the UK.
Information and Support
The Charity SIBS specialises in providing information and support for the brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults who often experience particular issues within the family.
Other carer charities and information sources generally cover a broader range of needs but will often have sections on young carers, young adult carers and sibling carers. The main charities and information sources are; Contact, Carers Information Service, Carers Trust, Carers UK, NHS Website, the Family Rights Group, Bernardos and the BBC website.
Mencap’s mission is to transform society’s attitudes about learning disabilities and improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and their families.
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation is the only charity for people with severe learning disabilities who display behaviour described as challenging. They make a difference to the lives of children and adults across the UK by providing information and support, running workshops and speaking up for families on a national level.
The Which website contains details of carer rights, benefits, respite care and support as well as a regular newsletter of information and advice.
How Can You Help?
A number of the charities mentioned above act as campaigning groups seeking better recognition of, and benefits for, carers. It is estimated that the free care support provided by families within the UK saves the NHS at least £120 billion a year but often at the expense of the carers mental and physical health and, especially in the case of sibling carers, family.
Carers Information Service
Carers Trust, Young Carer details
NHS Care and Support Guide
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
NHS England Carer Facts
BBC Carer support page
Which: Being a Carer
Family Rights Group
Bernardos (report, pdf)
The Lives of Young Carers (report 2016, pdf)
Young Adult Carers (report 2008, pdf)