On a regular basis we like to provide our volunteers with training and information which supports them in the role they undertake for us. Many, as Enter & View volunteers, visit adult care homes as part of our Dignity in Care project. As a result, we do spend time talking with residents who live with dementia. It therefore seemed very apt to take up the offer of an information session about dementia to supplement our existing knowledge. This was delivered by one of our volunteers who is already a Dementia Friends Champion and known to many of us.
Healthwatch Bucks Volunteers at a Dementia Friends session
The aim of the session is to change people’s perceptions of dementia and create a positive atmosphere around people who live with the condition as well as conversations about it. It also makes you think about the small things that you can do to make a difference to people living with dementia. Although, you can learn online via a video, for those in the room, it was especially rewarding to attend a face-to-face session. The session is fun, informative and interactive. This not only enabled us to work together as a team but also gave us the opportunity be able to ask questions about how we could better talk with residents we meet in care homes.

We were so inspired that we all signed up on the day to be Dementia Friends too. We will now endeavour to follow through on the actions we committed to. Thank you Diane for running such an inspiring meeting. I would encourage anyone interested in or affected by the condition to attend a similar session. You can find out more about ones local to you at  www.dementiafriends.org.uk

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