Author Archives: Dementia Friends

Ask your DFO – Do participants get a badge if they don’t complete an action card?

Aimee PackwoodEach month, one of our DFOs (Dementia Friends Officers) answer one of your Dementia Friends Champions questions. Aimee Packwood, DFO for the South West, answers this month’s question: Dementia Friends 

At my Information Session, a participant didn’t want to fill in the action card. Can I still give them their Dementia Friend badge without an action card?

As you are aware (hopefully from bingo point 12), Dementia Friends is about turning understanding into action hence, it is really important that everyone who wears a Dementia Friends badge has committed to an action, to make their community more dementia-friendly.

However, filling in the action cards is voluntary.

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A story of being a Dementia Friend

I was travelling to Nantwich (Wrenbury) with a group of friends for a boating holiday when I was flagged down by an older lady carrying her small dog, she was distressed…

Cadet Leader Jay Vernon recently became a Dementia Friend at a Session delivered by Champion Steve Bousfield. It didn’t take long for Jay to put his new understanding into practice. Dementia Friend

Here’s Jay’s story…

Understanding what is a Dementia Friend

 

A story: The first good weekend in a long time

Dementia Friends Champion Kayleigh Beresford shared this great story about the impact her Dementia Friends Session had on someone whose family is directly affected by dementia. She talks about how her new Dementia Friend was able to make living well with dementia a possibility for his mother.

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Top Tips: Making Dementia Friends Information Sessions more inclusive

There are lots of great actions you can take to make your Sessions as inclusive as possible, no matter the audience. Aimee Packwood, Regional Support Officer for the South West, has put together ten top ideas: Making Dementia Friends Information Sessions more inclusive – Dementia Friends Blog

Top tips for making Dementia Friends Information Sessions more inclusive

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How do I approach new audiences?

Charlotte Adams ask your rso dementia friendEach month, one of our DFOs (Dementia Friends Officers) answers one of your Dementia Friends Champions questions. Charlotte Adams, DFO for the North West, answers this month’s question:

‘How do I approach new audiences?

It’s fantastic to hear you are interested in approaching new audiences to deliver Dementia Friends Information Sessions.

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Champion Sylvia Oram on getting young people involved with Dementia Friends

Here is an inspirational story from Sylvia Oram, a Dementia Friends Champion who recently ran Information Sessions with 90 eight-year-old children and worked with a local residential home. Here is her story of how she went through the Sessions and has bought about a change in how the kids understand people living with dementia.

Dementia Friend Champion - An inspirational story from Sylvia Oram

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Important changes to the Information Session

Aimee Packwood, Regional Support Officer for the South West, talks through the changes that have been made recently to the Information Session resources:

Hi Champions!

As you know we regularly review the content of our Information Session, based on feedback from Champions and people affected by dementia, and our latest research, to make sure we are giving out clear and up to date messages. With this in mind, we’ve made a few small changes for you to be aware of when you next run your Information Session:

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An organisation wants to use the Dementia Friends logo – what can I tell them?

Each month, one of our DFOs (Dementia Friends Officers) answers one of your Dementia Friends Champions questions. Charlotte Adams, DFO for the North West, answers this month’s question:

‘I’ve delivered a Session for an organisation and they want to use the Dementia Friends logo – what can I tell them?

That’s fantastic to hear that the organisation wants to support the initiative. The first thing I would ask is how they would like to use the logo.

They want to use the logo

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I’ve been asked to run an info stand to raise awareness of Dementia Friends – what can I do?

Aimee PackwoodEach month, one of our DFOs (Dementia Friends Officers) answer one of your Dementia Friends Champions questions. Aimee Packwood, DFO for the South West, answers this month’s question:

I’ve been asked to run an info stand to raise awareness of Dementia Friends – what can I do?

Thanks so much for helping us to promote Dementia Friends! Having a stall is a great way to talk to people about what Dementia Friends is and why they should sign up, and can help us to reach lots of people who haven’t heard of Dementia Friends.

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Have your say on the Board of Trustees

With your help, this month Alzheimer’s Society will be electing two new Trustees and, if you’re a Dementia Friends Champion, you’ll have the chance to vote for who you believe will be an effective Trustee and who will be an ambassador for all our volunteers and Champions. Read on to learn more about the role and how to cast your vote. Voting opens 13 July 2016 and closes 31 August 2016.

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