Important updates to your Champions resources

Ian Hind, Regional Support Officer for the East Midlands, gives us an update on the changes made to the Dementia Friends Champions resources.

As you may be aware, we are always looking to develop the Information Session resources you use to deliver so we have a few small changes. Many of these changes have come about from input from yourselves as Champions, so it is exciting to be able to enhance these with your support.

There are some changes in wording and questioning to help get either a little more clarity or value from parts of the Information Session.These changes won’t impact on the resources you use for the Bingo/Broken sentences activities. You can find these up to date resources on your Champions dashboard.

To help, here is a summary of what has changed:

  • Icebreaker – We have amended the Icebreaker activity to reassure those attending they have done nothing wrong in raising the negative language around dementia
  • Bingo! – There have been a couple of small enhancements to the bingo game –  the content makes it clear the game isn’t a test and that the blue boxes count in getting a full line!
  • Changes to the Bingo/Broken sentences expanded statements –
    • ‘Dementia is not a natural part of ageing’ – we have changed the language around younger people living with dementia, but have also put a reassuring comment in that it is rarer.
    • ‘Dementia is not just about losing your memory’ – some additional clarification in the questioning that might help your audience to think of other functions of the brain
    • ‘There is more to the person than the dementia’ – small change to the content about Bletchley Park to clarify the use of morse code.
    • The Bookcase Analogy – a quick of additional questions have been added to the content to help your audience to reflect on  what will happen to the books on the bookshelves as it starts to rock.
    • Who’s Right? Activity – the slips have now been changed to refer to a 73 year old person rather than lady.
    • Making a nice cup of tea Activity – changes to the second part of the questioning around functions of the brain. We have referenced back to the fairy light analogy to help the audience think about what functions of the brain are required to make a cup of tea and we have also rephrased the next question to help discuss the impact.
    • Thank you and next steps – additional content has been included to help explain the Info card more clearly.
You can view and download the up to date resources from the Session resources area of your Champions dashboard.

Hope you like the changes, subtle as they are. Do please ensure you are using the most up-to-date content and materials. Please feel free to contact your Regional Support Officer if you have any questions about the changes, and keep letting us know your ideas and feedback for any future updates.


13 thoughts on “Important updates to your Champions resources

    1. Dementia Friends Post author

      Hi Lesley – thanks for your message. I have passed it on to your Regional Support Officer Charlotte, who will be in touch. Thanks!

  1. Clare Scott

    Dear Ian

    It would be really helpful to have a link from the blog direct to the Resources section of the DF website, so that we can go and find the appropriate materials and ensure we’re up to date.


    1. Dementia Friends Post author

      Hi Clare – many thanks for your message and your suggestion. It’s a good idea and we have added a link to the Session Resources area from the blog. And from now on, in any future blog posts which refer to the Session resources we will be sure to include a link to the resources.

      Many thanks for your support. Best wishes,

      Dementia Friends team

  2. Clare Scott


    Could you let whoever manages the resources on the website know that, although the text in the instructions for the ‘Who is Right?’ activity have been edited, the pdf file of the slips themselves is still the older version.


    1. Dementia Friends Post author

      Hi Clare – thanks for your message and for pointing this out! The resources have now been updated with the new slips. Thanks again for spotting this!

      Best wishes,

      Dementia Friends team

  3. David Latcham

    Thanks for this Ian, useful to know what bits have changed so I don’t have to compare every document in in the resources section. What would be really helpful is if alongside this written explanation that there was a document that had all the sections that had changed on it so I can print it out and cut and stick the bits in the right places in my book. Trawling through all the resources is easier with your list above, but having it done for us would probably mean more people would update their books and use the updated material.


  4. David Latcham

    I noticed that the who is right slips still say lady rather than person as you specified above when I click on the download link on the resources page.

    1. Dementia Friends Post author

      Hi David, thanks for your message and for pointing this out! THe resources have now been updated with the new slips. Thanks for letting us know!

      Best wishes,

      Dementia Friends team.

  5. Eleanor Aldred

    On the web-site, I find the print – grey on pale blue – quite hard to read, especially on the forms. The titles of each section are in bold and are fine but the “small print” is indeed small and too pale for me to read comfortably. I am trying to reread this now to find any typos and it is pretty difficult. Any chance of making the type black, which would be better on white background, but at least would improve on your pale blue background?

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