Raising dementia awareness in Genesis 

Last updated - 2 November 2017

Dementia Forum
Blog by Ben Williams, Dementia Forum Chair

The Dementia Forum takes the lead on raising awareness of dementia amongst staff.   Dementia is affecting more and more families so we run dementia friends awareness sessions. These are short and informative, helping  staff prepare for working with customers living with dementia or caring for a family member.  

The forum has been a good way for me to meet people and speak to those in the business that I wouldn’t have ordinarily done - I've felt more connected.

Genesis joined in the Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance (PL-DAA) and this has led to lots of interesting opportunities. For example, we supported the MET Police by sharing information that was used to better train their officers.  We piloted a new way of working with our customers who were living with dementia for the Health Innovation Network.  This work has raised the profile of Genesis and has resulted in us being contacted for further pilots and trials -  we’re really doing some innovative work!

I first saw the impact of Dementia on people’s lives working at the Princess Royal Trust for Carers over a decade ago. Since then I’ve been trying to find ways to support people living with dementia, their carers and staff. Whereas many long-term illnesses will have an impact on a person’s outlook or disposition, dementia can affect a person’s cognition, changing their very personality. When you have seen that happen to someone you love, well for me it was harder to handle than when that person passed away.

I’m naturally quite a shy person, so the forum has been a good way for me to meet people and speak to those in the business that I wouldn’t have ordinarily done. What I’ve found is that when you get people together who are just as passionate about a topic as you, then you get to make friends. So I’ve felt more connected.