Caring for our clients is, of course, our key focus but Home Instead’s mission - “to change the face of ageing” – actually goes wider than that.
We’re committed to offering support to older people and their families throughout the wider South Manchester community.
That’s why Alison, our Care Director, recently gave up her Saturday to become a Dementia Friends Champion. Dementia Friends is a brilliant programme run by the Alzheimer’s society. The idea is that they train volunteers, they’re the Champions, to run information sessions for members of the public so they can learn a bit about the condition and how to help people living with it to live well.
Champions From All Walks of Life.
The course was run at the Manchester Deaf Centre by Charlotte Adams from the Alzheimer’s Society. The would-be Champions were a really mixed bunch; a few from the care sector, a nurse, a medical student, a teacher, someone who runs a singing group, even a nun, Sister Mary, who’s doing excellent work with a programme that encourages volunteers to befriend older people in the community.
Despite their varied backgrounds they got along really well, helping each other out with plenty of support and feedback. Alison had a great time – and not just because one of the group had brought along biscuits to share!
“There were plenty of fun elements but the best part for me was the strikingly simple illustrations. They really helped me understand what’s actually happening to people living with dementia.”
Now she's a fully qualified Champion, Alison’s already hard at work spreading the word. She’s planning to run free sessions at our Chorlton offices on November 12th, December 10th and January 21st, all between 12-1. So if you’d like to become a Dementia Friend just give us a call on 0161 884 0562.