Yesterday I was at Beverley Community hospital for a meeting about the public engagement day we’re organising in April.
I still havn’t worked out the local buses and even though the I’d been given a number, the timetable didn’t mention going near the hospital – very confusing…..
However, it was a lovely day (one of only a handful of sunny days since I moved!) so I decided to walk. Emma Williams, Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator for the East Riding, had put her Blue Peter skills to the test and put together a map for me of the places we’d been together. I’d been having trouble visualising where I was in relation to landmarks I knew and the map helped enormously. I always find walking is a better way of getting to know a place as you have more time to take in what’s around you.
I found my way perfectly and Emma joined me after a while.
Janet Woodhouse (Nurse Consultant) led the meeting. During the week of the Public Engagement event, there will be an exhibition of photos and display boards showing the public what the ward is like now and asking for their ideas and comments to make it better for people with dementia. On the Wednesday we’ll invite members of the public with dementia in their lives to come and have a chat and a cuppa and hopefully give their opinions and ideas. It will be very informal.
They’ve asked me to say a few words at the beginning of the session with the title of ‘Your Opinion Counts’ during which I’ll detail how I became involved and the value of having ‘experts by experience’ involved in the project.
East Riding has proved to be a difficult area to get people involved so I hope this attracts people to come and give their views. It’ll hopefully be a good opportunity to promote the group me and Emma are trying to set up as well – DIGER (Dementia Involvement Group East Riding)
The enthusiasm at this local community hospital is wonderful and for once it’s not all talk as actions have been quick to follow each meeting – perfect👍