Home Instead complete Dementia Champion Training

Lisa Stirk Community Co-Ordinator at Home Instead completed her Dementia Friends Champion training in Leeds on Thursday 14th March run by the Dementia Friends Charity an Alzheimer's Society Initiative.

'it was an extremely informative day and I met so many different people who were also there undertaking the training, from all different areas of care.  All were inspirational people'.

Lisa was joined by Leah Bull, Community Fundraiser for North Yorkshire from the Alzheimer's Society and Norman Smales who has been a Dementia Champion for many years and runs the Knaresborough Memory Lane cafe at Gracious Street Church Hall, where Lisa is also a volunteer.

Now that Lisa has successfully completed her training, she is now going to be going out into the community and running sessions for people to become Dementia Friends.  This can be within private companies, community groups, or friends and family who want to understand Dementia better. There is no maximum or minimum amount of people that is needed to run a session.  If just one person becomes another Dementia Friend, then we are making headway.

At the end of the session, all people taking part will leave with a Dementia Friends badge that you can wear with pride and reassure people in the community that see it, and a will to want to make changes in the perception of this disease.

If anyone would like to speak to Lisa about running a Dementia Friends Session, please call 01423 774 490 or email her on [email protected]