Can I run an Information Session in a shorter time?
Wherever possible we would prefer the standard information Session (45 – 60 min) to be run. However, sometimes an organisation or community group only has 30 minutes to give you. In which case, the struggle is how to keep to the time, and how to change the Session plan.
So I will point out some key components of the Information Session, which would ensure a shorter Session while still delivering the important messages.
After the introductions, housekeeping and initial discussion about what Dementia Friends is, you can deliver what we call a ‘Five Key messages’ activity – through either Bingo or Broken Sentences. This is important as, without this activity we wouldn’t get our audience to understand the 5 key things we want them to take away.
The Bookcase Analogy will help participants understand how dementia can affect someone, and as you will have experienced yourself, is a very powerful explanation.
You can then either deliver the ‘Who’s Right?’ or ‘Making a nice cup of tea’ exercise, which we call a ‘Personal reflection activity’. This gets your audience to reflect on how they see and perceive the uniqueness of dementia, and the risks of assuming what a person can or cannot do. This sets you up nicely to turn understanding into action and invite participants to become Dementia Friends.
It is important that people are able to engage in the Session, irrespective of time limitations. Hence we have carefully looked at the Session plan to retain the key components for you to use. However, I would suggest if you are constrained to deliver in a shorter time, get in touch with your DFO. They can work with you through the session plan, to adapt it, and give tips, to deliver it in time, while ensuring the key messages are not lost.