Volunteers at Lifewise have recently undergone training to enhance their knowledge around dementia and gain a greater understanding of how they can help family, friends and members of the public that they interact with that may be suffering from the disease.

Dementia is increasingly becoming an issue worldwide and there are small steps that everyone can take to provide support, ensuring that those with dementia can and do take an active role in life.

Kathryn Rawling, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator, delivered an informative, engaging two-hour training session to Lifewise Volunteers, Digital Outreach Volunteers and Cadet Leaders as well as some staff based within Community Safety. The plan is to roll out the training to the rest of the Community Safety staff at some point in the not too distant future.

The invaluable training has already paid off for one Lifewise Volunteer, Jenny Scott, who was able to assist an elderly woman that she came across whilst at a meeting at Rotherham Minster recently.  In addition, several of the Cadet Leaders have expressed an interest in becoming Dementia Friends Champions themselves so that they can, in turn,  encourage others to learn a little bit about dementia by running information sessions in their community and inspiring others to help those living with dementia live well.

Five things everyone should know about dementia:

For further information about the Dementia Friends initiative, please visit the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends website


Pictured – Volunteers and staff that attended the training proudly acknowledge their new dementia friends status

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