I’m officially a Dementia Friends Champion – I attended the training day last Tuesday. It was a very long but enjoyable day. 18 people attended for a variety of reasons. Some have dementia in their life, others have the desire to make their workplace or community more dementia friendly. It was nice to see such a cross-section of the community from all over Yorkshire wanting to make a difference.
The facilitator, Christine, was very slick in her delivery. We all went through the dementia friends training as many there had yet to become Dementia Friends, but it was good to see another take on the delivery of the key messages. I’d already seen an expert in action in the form of Helen Gilbert at work, so to see someone who was less of a superstar made it more achievable for me 🙂 The 1 hour given to deliver the information session is very tight so it’s good that we’re provided with a booklet to keep us on track!
The aim is for 1,000,000 Dementia Friends by March this year – well the good news came last Saturday that we’ve now surpassed that target – magic! How difficult is it to give up an hour of your time in a life time to become a Dementia Friend……..to become aware of what it’s like to have dementia………to enable you to become more aware of dementia in your local community……………?
So there’s as many reasons for becoming a Champion as there are people. My reason was to be able to have this option for when I’m bored during my retirement……………..well, the ‘bored’ bit is a non starter, but it will enable me to raise awareness to a larger audience.
Why not become a Dementia Friend – it really only takes an hour out of a lifetime and you might learn something about those living with dementia.