I’m pleased to say that Bridgwater College have kindly let me use the Walled gardens of Cannington tea rooms to run some Dementia Friends information sessions.
PRESS RELEASE from Bridgwater College
18 December 2014
Jenny Pearce 01278 441215
Walled Gardens of Cannington to hold free dementia training
The Walled Gardens of Cannington is to hold free training sessions for those interested in becoming Dementia Friends and learning more about dementia.
The sessions will be run by local Dementia Friends Champion Kris Scotting and held in the Gardens’ Tea Room. Members of the public can drop in to the sessions without pre-booking to find out how they can help be more dementia friendly. Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition.
The Walled Gardens Tea Room previously held a training session for staff and volunteers which was a great success.
Rich Mullan, who works at the Gardens said, “With dementia very much in the headlines of late, I was keen to take the opportunity to learn a bit more about it. This short introduction course was a real eye opener on both a personal and business level. We hope to introduce measures within the Plant and Gift Shop and Tea Room that will help all visitors to the Gardens, to leave having enjoyed a positive experience. I would encourage anyone to attend a Dementia Friend training session, a little understanding can make a big difference.”
Jayne Alcock, Grounds and Gardens Supervisor said, “This is an important initiative in raising awareness about the difficult subject of dementia. We are keen to ensure that all sections of the community are able to enjoy the Gardens and Kris gave us some useful tips on how to improve the experience and meet the needs of visitors who may be experiencing dementia.”
The Walled Gardens will be holding the sessions on Wednesday 14, 21 and 28 January, for anyone who is interested in finding out more to attend.
Kris Scotting said, “The Dementia Friends staff and volunteer session in Cannington was fantastic and the feedback from participants was really positive. It gives me such satisfaction to speak to people about dementia and how it affects people’s every day lives.”
Notes to editors:
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative funded by the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office, as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.
Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions can sign up through the Dementia Friends website http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk
Dementia Friends is currently England only. However, Alzheimer’s Society is committed to exploring how the Dementia Friends initiative might develop in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.
Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, championing the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them .
You can find out more about Alzheimer’s Society through their website http://www.alzheimers.org.uk
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