Dementia Training For Friends & Family

It is estimated by 2040 that 1.6 million people will be living with dementia in the UK and approximately two thirds of those people will be living at home and be looked after by a family member or friend.

Many carers feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation – looking after their mother, husband, wife or friend and just getting on with it. Caring can be immensely rewarding but it can also take up a huge amount of time and energy and it’s hard to find the time to take care of your own well-being or find the support you need.

Families tell us that post diagnosis they’re often not given the information they need to equip them to support their loved ones. This is why we have developed our Dementia Skills Sessions and Nature is Calling programme.

 

Dementia Skills Sessions

Our programme of free online Dementia Skills Sessions are for the family and friends of people living with dementia, as well staff and volunteers who support people with dementia as part of their work.

The sessions connect you with experienced dementia trainers and other dementia supporters. You’ll learn how to think differently about dementia and receive practical guidance for your role.

The starting point for the Dementia Skills Session programme is the key building block – Thinking Differently About Dementia. It is essential that you complete this module before any of the others, as it provides you with foundational knowledge you need to get the most out of further training.

If you have any questions about our Dementia Skills Sessions contact us or call 01245 237548.

Nature is Calling Drop-in Sessions

We’re offering free, informal Nature is Calling sessions for unpaid supporters of people living with dementia. During the sessions we’ll discuss why getting outdoors is essential to the wellbeing of people with dementia, and how to overcome any barriers to getting outdoors. The sessions will give you the knowledge and practical guidance you need to connect to nature confidently.

‘Nature is Calling’ encourages people living with dementia and their supporters to:

  • Understand the health and wellbeing benefits of nature.
  • Overcome the mental and physical barriers to accessing the outdoors.
  • Offer practical guidance to build your confidence and plan your outing.

These sessions are online, and have a maximum of 10-12 people, to allow plenty of time for discussion and to ask your questions. One of our experienced trainers will lead the session, share research and resources, and facilitate informal discussion.

There are 3 sessions as part of the programme. You are welcome to book into all 3 sessions or just the one or two that you feel are most relevant to you.

If you have any questions about Nature is Calling contact us or call 01245 237548.

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“The session was well prepared, visually engaging and easy to understand. Carers attending the session were listened to and given positive, affirming feedback about their support to the people living with dementia they support.”
Out for a walk on a Supported Dementia Holiday

Thinking Differently About Dementia

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Thinking Differently About Dementia is the first module in our Dementia Skills Session training programme. In each 2 hour session our qualified trainers cover:

  • Understanding dementia and the common symptoms
  • Continuing to see the person (not the condition)
  • Strategies to overcome communication barriers
  • Practical tips to connect with a person with dementia
  • The benefits of contact with nature and the outdoors
  • Information about other support available to you

You will have the opportunity to ask individual questions while joining other people in a similar situation.

To find out more and to book your free place, click the button below.

Mood & Motivation

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Mood & Motivation looks at why some people with dementia and their supporters feel challenged finding the motivation to ‘get up and do’. We’ll consider helpful tips on how to raise mood, build confidence, and encourage meaningful activities. Our trainers cover:

  • Discovering what inspires
  • Understanding the individual
  • Seizing the moment
  • Being ‘weather ready’
  • Working together
  • Communication 
  • Practical steps to try

To find out more and to book your free place, click the button below.

Nature is Calling

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Nature is Calling explores why getting outdoors is essential to the wellbeing of people with dementia, and how to overcome any barriers to getting outdoors. The sessions will give you the knowledge and practical guidance you need to connect to nature confidently.

Session 1 – The Wellbeing Benefits of Nature:
  • Research and evidence on the health benefits of connecting to nature and the outdoors.
  • Hearing real-life stories from people living with dementia on how nature has a positive impact on them.
  • Exploring ‘first steps’.
  • Resources to encourage engagement with nature.
Session 2 – Misconceptions and Managing Mental Health:
  • Challenging the common misconceptions about dementia and getting outdoors.
  • Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of people living with dementia.
  • Steps to overcome challenges.
  • Resources to support and encourage understanding.
Session 3 – Overcoming Barriers to Getting Outdoors:
  • Understanding the individual.
  • How to motivate others.
  • Things to consider when you go out.
  • Dealing with the ‘what if’s’.
  • Resources to support you to get outside.

To find out more and to book your free place, click the button below.

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