Category Archives: Ask Your DFO

Ask your DFO : Shorter Information Sessions

Ask your RSO MidlandsEach month, one of our DFOs (Dementia Friends Officers) answer one of your Dementia Friends Champions questions. Ian Hind, DFO for the East Midlands, answers this month’s question: Dementia Friends 

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.

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Dementia Friends Champions: Ask your DFO

 Dementia Friends Champions: Ask your RSO

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

How do I respond to questions in my Information Sessions?

That’s a brilliant question! From time to time, people will ask questions during you Information Sessions and it is a great idea to think about beforehand how to respond.

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Dementia Friends Champions: Ask your DFO

Ask your RSO

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

How can I prove to organisations that I am a trained Champion?

Good question! First of all thanks so much for approaching groups to set up Dementia Friends Information Sessions! This will really help us on our way to reaching 4 million Dementia Friends and help more people to increase their awareness of dementia and become inspired to take action to create dementia-friendly communities.

As you know, only trained Champions can run Information Sessions, and you may be asked by organisations to prove you are a Champion, but don’t panic, we can help!

On your Champions dashboard you will find two introductory letters- one standard one and one aimed at schools that you can give to any organisation that you are approaching. The letter invites them to contact the Dementia Friends team to confirm you are a Champion, which we would be happy to do!

The Dementia Friends badge shows that someone has increased their awareness and taken action, and Dementia Friends and Champions all have the same understanding- Dementia Friends are just as dementia-friendly as Champions, so everyone gets the same Dementia Friends badge – there is no hierarchy in Dementia Friends!

Champions don’t get a special badge because we don’t want people to think Champions are experts in dementia, and people who decide to stop being a Champion may not have the opportunity to return it to us. However we will always back you up if we are asked if you are a Champion, so do ask any enquirers to get in touch with the Dementia Friends team by emailing dementiafriends@alzheimers.org.uk

Thanks for organising theSession, and don’t forget to tell your DFO how it went!

Dementia Friends Champions: Ask your DFO

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

Why should I ask my attendees to fill out the action mailers?

Great question! There are a number of reasons for your attendees to fill out the action mailers at the end of your Sessions:

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Dementia Friends Champions: Ask your DFO

Ask your RSOEach month, one of our DFOs (Dementia Friends Officers) answer your Dementia Friends Champions questions. Ian Hind, DFO for the East Midlands, answers this month’s question:

How do I log my Information Sessions and record the number of Dementia Friends I’ve made on the website?

It’s such a great achievement that we have passed 1.4 Million Dementia Friends over the festive season. It’s fantastic that we have been able to celebrate such great work by everyone. So this is a really good time to remind ourselves how we log Information Sessions on the Dementia Friends website. You might have delivered a really inspiring Session, but if it has not been recorded on the website then all your hard work won’t be counted!

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Dementia Friends Champions: Ask your DFO

Ask your RSOEach month, one of our DFOs (Dementia Friends Officers) answer your Dementia Friends Champions questions. Ian Hind, DFO for the East Midlands, answers this month’s question:

How can i engage with other Champions?
This is a great question! Being a Dementia Friends Champion is self-directed volunteering experience, with all the resources that you need at your finger-tips to plan and deliver your own information sessions. But it can be so useful to share and engaged with other Champions.

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Dementia Friends Champions: Ask your DFO

Ask your RSO

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

Dear DFO

How can i reach new audiences with my Sessions?

 


Dear Champion,

It’s a great question! Here are a few tips:

• Have a think about different networks you are part of; it could be friends, people you know through hobbies such as sports clubs or book clubs or colleagues at work. Are any of these people part of other groups who may like a session? Word of mouth can be a great way to raise awareness of Dementia Friends and create new opportunities to run sessions.

• Not sure how to approach new audiences? Make the most of the resources on the website such as the Business Engagement toolkit or the Introduction Letter for schools. These offer a great way to make initial contact and explain what Dementia Friends is and how it can be relevant to them.

• Have you thought about linking up with other local Dementia Friends Champions? Co-delivering is a great way to build confidence and other Champions might have links to other groups in the area which you could approach. You may want to ask other Champions in the regional Facebook group or you can ask your DFO to contact other Champions on your behalf.

• There may a local Dementia Action Alliance in your area. They are often eager for Champions to get in touch to help run sessions and it’s a great way to find out about wider work happening in your area. Find your nearest Alliance

• You might want to find about some of the local groups which meet in the community; would they be interested in having a speaker to one of their meetings? Ideas of groups include luncheon clubs, Lions Clubs or University of Third Age.

• Supermarkets often have a Community Champion. You could contact them to see if the staff are Dementia Friends. If not, you could explain the benefits of getting involved and offer to run a session there.

If you would like to talk about reaching new audiences further, please get in touch with your DFO.

Dementia Friends Champions: Ask your DFO

Ask your RSOEach month, one of our DFOs (Dementia Friends Officers) answer your Dementia Friends Champions questions. Daisy Robson, DFO for North East, answers this month’s question:

Dear DFO

What is a webinar and how do I sign up to it?

Dear Champion,

A ‘Webinar’ is essentially a seminar on the web! Our webinars are all one-hour presentations that we talk you through, and we love to get your involvement in them too – through polls, discussions or chat boxes. We send you a link to a website, and ask that you call a Freephone number. Lots of Champions can attend one webinar, so it is a great opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences.

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