31 May 2013
Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead, has hailed the company’s programme of free dementia family workshops, which took place last week in support of National Dementia Awareness Week, as a huge success.
Speaking about the initiative, Trevor said, “Due to the amount of interest from the public in our dementia family workshops we increased the number taking place. In the end we ran more than 100 workshops during the course of the week, training in the region of 5,000 people.
“The success of the initiative is down to the commitment of our local offices across the country who have gone to great lengths to ensure the workshops were well organised and attended. We are delighted that so many people chose to take part and join the Home Instead family to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
“It was our vision at the outset that these workshops would help inform local communities and arm them with knowledge to identify with and care for someone with dementia, be it in the home, at work or out and about in the community.
“From the feedback and many plaudits we have received in relation to the workshops we can hail the exercise as a resounding success and for this I am immensely proud.
“We have demonstrated that private companies and communities can successfully work together to prepare for an ageing population. With cuts to funding I believe that we will see more and more initiative such as ours in the future.
“For our part at Home Instead the week long event was merely the start of rolling out this valued initiative and our programme of free dementia workshops will now continue to run across the country throughout the rest of the year and indefinitely.”
Home Instead’s family dementia workshops are based on the company’s City & Guilds accredited dementia Caregiver training programme. For information about workshops running in your area, please contact your local Home Instead office.