Friday I was with Cathryn Hart, Assistant Director Research & Development at Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
Me and Cathryn do many double acts together and Friday was one such case as we were running a 2 hour session for Humber Recovery college
It was the first time they’d put on a Dementia session so no one knew what to expect. Me and Cathryn had thought it would be supporters or people with dementia attending so we’d written some notes around that assumption.
We hadn’t realised that we’d been suppose to promote the session to attract attendees so knew no one might turn up………
Anyway, Cathryn picked me up early as planned as neither of us had been to the venue before .
I spotted it as we were driving around. Once we’d got inside we immediately found the kettle…..🙄
We were surprised when 3 healthcare professionals walked in – nice surprise obviously, but not what we’d planned for. However, we were quite upfront with them and told them we were winging it a tad.🤣 Obviously tea and coffee was the first on the agenda – I forgave the coffee people as it does mean more tea for me😊
Two nurses were from the Learning Disabilities team and one from Mencap. We were also joined by Acho from the Recovery College since they’d not a session like this before.
They all dealt with people with dementia so I went through all my challenges and simple solutions. They, like many professionals weren’t aware of dementia affecting so many of our other senses so I filled them in on that as well. I sent them the link to the Sensory booklet by Agnes and Donna Houston as well
We spoke of all the research that went on in the area and the Hope this can give to people. Cathryn filled them in on the work by the research team
They were very animated and chipped in lots of time asking anything and everything, which was so nice to see. Even though there was only 3 of them I could tell by their faces that lots of seeds were sown and mindsets changed. Acho also learnt a lot about dementia just by being there.
All sessions are free and they run the most diverse range – amazingly diverse really. You can find more on the Humber NHS web site
However, maybe the publicity needs a revisit as I’ve spoken to many people who havn’t heard of it, which is sad as it’s a good selection of courses that NHS Humber Trust offer. ‘Recovery’ College may not be the first place people with dementia may look for help as we all know we’re not going to ‘recover’. However, it could be advertised as ‘Recovering from a diagnosis and learning that it’s not the end’……
I meant to take a photo of all of us but I thought of it at the beginning and didn’t want to frighten them off and then promptly forgot at the end🤐 But I managed to get a photo of me, Cathryn and Acho.
It’s happening all over again at the end of next March so hopefully we’ll get more people next time.