Bosses urged to get their staff trained in dementia awareness

March 29 2015

EMPLOYERS in Yate have been encouraged to take up the offer of free training as part of a campaign to make the town dementia friendly.

Dementia Awareness

EMPLOYERS in Yate have been encouraged to take up the offer of free training as part of a campaign to make the town dementia friendly.
As reported in Yate and Sodbury Voice last month, a community development worker has been appointed by Yate Town Council to raise awareness of the needs of people living with the condition.
Debbie Woolley is working with community groups, local residents and businesses to establish what changes can be made that people with dementia and their carers would welcome.
People can also be trained as dementia friends so they can understand about often simple things that can make a big difference to someone with dementia.
Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb, together with his office staff in Yate, has already benefited from a short training session, which in that instance was provided by Jane Gilliard of Thornbury.
He is now urging as many employers as possible to sign up for the scheme.
Mr Webb said: “With an ageing society, more and more of us will either have first hand experience of dementia or have a close family member or friend affected by the condition.
“There is much that can be done to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and businesses which deal directly with the public would benefit greatly from the training available.
“I found the training very valuable in understanding better how people are affected by dementia and how best to respond and I would encourage local firms to take up the chance to gain this understanding.”
The MP said through the dementia friends campaign, it was hoped to get a million people nationwide trained up so they understood the challenges faced by people with dementia and be in a better position to help and support them.
Yate councillors Sue Walker and Tony Davis held a public meeting to launch the local friends network, with Mr Davis going on to become a dementia friend trainer.
Fellow councillor Chris Willmore said: “Steve Webb has got all of his staff trained, so has the town council, and the shopping centre owners have committed to getting as many shops as possible involved.
“People with dementia can lead active lives so everyone encounters people with dementia in daily life, often without knowing it. We need to get rid of the fear and stigma associated with the condition.”
Anyone interested in taking up the training should email info@yatetowncouncil.gov.uk to find out about future sessions.