On a lovely sunny and dry May 17th, we chatted to lots of people who attended the Confronting Dementia Day in Amersham. Along with Community Impact Bucks, the Alzheimer’s Society, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, Bucks County Council, the Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group and other local community groups we set up our stall as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

The event was opened by Councillor Mimi Harker and several dementia friendly events were held during the day alongside the stalls; Movement of the Mind, Silver Singers and Singing for the Brain. There was also a session by a Dementia Friend, Diane Rutter, who talked about dementia and how communities can help themselves to become more dementia friendly. Her talk resulted in Mimi Harker and others committing to become Dementia Friends too.

We were able not only to collect individuals’ experiences of health and social care but also to talk about how our dignity in care reports can help to give people information about individual care homes, in addition to the Care Quality Commissions’ reports. We were also encouraging people to put their own feedback, about care homes they had visited, on our website to enable each of our reports to be supplemented by many different viewpoints. Two individuals also were empowered to become volunteers, one for ourselves in an Enter & View role and another we directed to Little Chalfont surgery to join the Patient Participation Group there.

Hopefully, all the visitors found it a worthwhile event and we look forward to participating in others like this.

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