Ahead of Dementia Awareness Week (14 – 20 May), local people from an employment government scheme have become Dementia Friends thanks to Sanctuary Care.
Local people from a sector-based work academy in Worcestershire – the first of its kind in the area – have gained a powerful insight into what life is like living and caring for a loved one with dementia at Sanctuary Care’s Juniper House Residential Care Home in Oak View Way, St John’s.
Dementia Friends sessions
Ten candidates, who have enrolled in an adult social care sector-based work academy, in partnership with Job-Centre plus and Sanctuary Care, have all become Dementia Friends – an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, thanks to information sessions delivered by the care home’s team.
The Dementia Friends sessions showed the individuals – who are doing work experience with Sanctuary Care - the small things they can do within their communities or their future employment that can make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
“The session has really opened my eyes”
For many of the candidates it was the first time they saw first-hand what life is really like living with dementia. One candidate Tina Jones explained: “The session has really opened my eyes.”
Fellow candidate Jessica Blackwell added: “Becoming a Dementia Friend has made me realise the simple ways you can help and the amount of people who are living with dementia.”
About the sector-based academy
The sector-based work academy is a new government approach to help those locally who are currently out of employment find their right career path. The programme will see candidates take on a blended learning approach of both theoretical and practical work experience.