Ruth Thompson, Adventures Coordinator

What do you do for Dementia Adventure?

I work closely with Catherine to organise and support the DA holidays. I lead some of the holidays and make sure that all arrangements are in place for the up and coming holidays. I also as talk to clients about their holiday to ensure that they feel fully supported and ready for their adventure with us.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Helping people see that they can still go away and enjoy new experiences. I feel privileged to be able to see families re-connect, form new friendships and smile and laugh with each other. None of my role would be possible without the support of the amazing team that I work with on a daily basis.

Do you have any relevant experience, awards, certifications or accreditations?

My background over the past 20 years has been working with children and families with disabilities. I have an NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care. Although my previous role was not working directly with people living with Dementia, I worked closely with many families who had been touched by Dementia.

What makes you want to work for Dementia Adventure?

Dementia Adventure have such a positive outlook. We focus on the person not the illness, and what people are able to do rather than what they can no longer do. This is at the heart of everything we strive to achieve. This work ethic is something I feel incredibly passionate about, and to find others that also work in this way is what made me what to bring my skill set to Dementia Adventure.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

I have been given lots of great advice, but one thing I try and stick by is ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.’

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