A popular tourist attraction in the heart of Dover is helping the town become more dementia friendly with thanks to one of the leading care providers.
The team of volunteers including Ted Smith Vice Chairman of The White Cliffs Branch of the Royal British Legion have all become Dementia Friends – an initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society, showing the small things people can do to make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
Leading the training, Sanctuary Care’s customer relations manager Claire Cruikshanks for Meadow View Residential Care Home in Hersden, who is a Dementia Friends Champion said: “So many people live with dementia and for some reason there is sometimes a real stigma around the subject and everyone at Sanctuary Care would like to aid in changing this.
“Dementia should be talked about and understanding should be shared and I’m proud to be part of this.”
Following the training, Ted said: “It was a really great session. I’ve learnt many things that I can take away with me. It will also aid me when I visit local residential care homes or talk to those living with dementia.”
Volunteer at Dover Transport Museum Seana Toal added: “It was great to have so many volunteers become Dementia Friends – it’s an invaluable thing to do and it will help so many visitors living with dementia and their carers feel at ease knowing we are a dementia friendly organisation.
“We are proud that the team at the museum is supporting local people with dementia still play an active role in their community.”
Fellow volunteer Sue Mickleborough continued: “The session was very informative, I learnt many new things about dementia and now I want to find out even more!”