Not-for-profit housing association, Harrogate Neighbours, is boosting the awareness of its staff and volunteers towards those affected by dementia.
Having undergone the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends Champion training, Harrogate Neighbours chief executive Sue Cawthray is now on a mission to ensure all of the housing association’s 85 staff and 35 volunteers also become Dementia Friends.
A series of training sessions are being held for staff at the Greenfield Court Extra Care Housing and Heath Lodge residential home sites and for staff and volunteers involved with the Association’s meals-on-wheels service, Food Angels.
Mrs Cawthray explains: “Our staff already have an understanding of dementia but we’re looking afresh at how our sites can become even more dementia-friendly, and give our team the tips and skills to identify and help those with the condition when they are out in the community.
“Even just being aware of small things, such as the fact that visual perception challenges can mean that dementia sufferers view black floor mats as holes which they can’t cross, can make a big difference to the support and understanding we provide as we go about our everyday lives.
“Local charity, Dementia Forward’s campaign across the Harrogate district is a fantastic way of raising the bar and we’re delighted to lend our support.”