Simon's a Dementia Champion!
Deliver Net Ltd Managing Director, Simon Holt, has successfully completed the Dementia Friends Champion training course.
Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Simon is now a part of over 10,500 volunteer Dementia Friends Champions creating dementia friendly communities together.
Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.
As Simon explains, “Dementia research is way underfunded and dementia is misunderstood by the public although nearly 50% of us know someone living with the condition. The Dementia Friends campaign helps to inform the public so that they can better understand what it’s like to live with dementia, and how the public can help when they meet people with the condition.’’
But it isn’t just the general public who can benefit from gaining a better understanding of dementia. Simon hopes to work with Deliver Net customers from the care home sector to broaden dementia awareness amongst staff: “Many people working for our customers don’t have regular contact with people living with dementia so I’d like to run the information courses for their staff. I’d also like to work with schools locally because many pupils will have older relatives living with dementia and the information we provide should help them have a rewarding relationship with that relative”.
Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends and relatives about the Dementia Friends campaign, to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts. Initiatives like Dementia Friends bring communities together by nurturing a more caring and loving environment for those in need. There are over 1.5 million Dementia Friends already in the UK.