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.

There are a few ways that you can do this. Can you remember back to your induction day? For some of you it might have been some time ago, but at the end of every session we ask if champions would like to share email addresses. Those of you that did might like to get in touch with someone yet met on the day that is local to you.

If you use social media why not join your local Champions Facebook group, a great place to share ideas or even find a champion to buddy up with. You can find the links to your group on your Champions Dashboard.

You might want to think about linking in with your local Dementia Action Alliance (DAA). Though these are for organisations members are often champions themselves who are keen to link up with other champions.

Champions meeting in South Derbyshire

Look out for a champions networking event in your area. We have just had one for Champions in the South Derbyshire area, 20 champions came together to share and learn from each other, some Champions found opportunities to deliver or observe, and we even had a Secret Santa!

It is ok to contact your DFO if you don’t have access to any of the above, we can try and link you up with a Champion local to you if you would like.


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