Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme continues to gain momentum in South Powys.
To date ten Dementia Friends information sessions have been held in Brecon and Hay for community groups, organisations and businesses, with another eight scheduled. Feedback on the benefits of the sessions has been very positive. Over 200 people have become Dementia Friends, including members of Powys Police Confidence and Equality Group, South Powys librarians, Brecon Town Councillors, Hay Dial a Ride volunteers, Llanfaes Girl Guide troop and Specsavers staff. Each new Dementia Friend has made a commitment to turn their new found awareness and understanding in to action.
For some, including Samantha from Lloyds Bank, that action was to become a Dementia Friends Champion, to further spread the word and run Dementia Friends sessions within the workplace and community.
On 2nd April 2nd, Samantha joined members of the Police and Fire services, the Brecon Beacons National Parks Association, Brecon Medical Practice, Powys Health Board and carers, who spent the day training as Dementia Friends Champions in Brecon. Everyone who attended agreed it prepared them well for their future role.
"I really enjoyed the training day. It was both informative and well presented", said Samantha. "As much as the actual training it was great to meet other people in our community who are all working for the same aim. Building links can only help us to provide better support for those in our communities affected by dementia".
The event was coordinated by the Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Communities and led by Alzheimer’s Society Regional Support Officer, Chella Borde.
"This is only the second Champion training day to take place in Wales", said Chella. "It’s brilliant to see such enthusiasm and commitment in Powys".