In our third blog post for Dementia Awareness Week 2016, Amina Ditta talks about her role as a Dementia Champion within one of Touchstone’s staff teams.
As a Dementia Champion I have been trying to deliver Dementia Awareness sessions to the team at Kirklees. This has proven to be much more challenging that I initially anticipated. Colleagues conduct a variety of role where they are out in the community and/or hospitals. Synchronising diaries is a mission in itself!
Nevertheless, the majority of staff are now Dementia Friends. I have found that each session is different depending on the discussions and personal experiences that colleagues wish to share.
It never fails to surprise me about the negative misconceptions that people have about this disease before the information session. This highlights the fact that we need to continue to raise understanding and awareness about Dementia so that communities can be supported effectively.