Tom Ball kindly invited me to join the team at Support Office for their monthly breakfast meeting at the end of April and deliver a Dementia Friends Information Session. There is at least one Dementia Friends Champion in every Signature community, and sessions are generally held in house monthly, but we thought it would be a great idea to give the Support Office Team an opportunity to take part.
21 people attended – including Aidan Roche, so it was one of my more nerve-wracking presentations! However the team made me feel very welcome, coffee and bacon sandwiches were passed around, and I didn’t have any hecklers! All of the 21 became Dementia Friends at the end of the session and it was suggested that any new team member could attend a session at one of the communities.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative aiming to improve society’s understanding of dementia through 5 key messages. There are now almost 2 million Dementia Friends in the UK, and my hope is that every team member in the Signature Family will become a Dementia Friend during the next 12 months or so.