Category Archives: Champions Corner

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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Ask your DFO – Sharing personal experiences

Ask your RSO Midlands Personal experienceEach 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 

How do I respond when someone shares a personal experience during my Session?

When running a session, as a Dementia Friends Champions, you will have participants sharing a personal experience or situation with you, and it can be difficult to know how to respond appropriately and sensitively. Here are some ideas on how best to approach this.

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Run an interesting Information Session? Tell us!

Have you run an Information Session in an unusual place? Perhaps it was on a boat, in a car or at the top of a mountain?

Information session in unusual places

 

We’re putting together a list of interesting places that Champions have run Information Sessions in, and we need your help! Let us know the most interesting places you’ve run a Session in, and you could feature in the next Champions newsletter.

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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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