MP calls on local employers to make staff dementia friends

Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb has issued a call to local employers to encourage them to take up free training in awareness about the dementia. 

dementia.jpgThe MP and his office staff in Yate have benefited from the short training session, provided in their case by Jane Gilliard from Thornbury, and Yate Town Council has now recruited a member of staff available to help local firms and groups improve their awareness of the needs of people with dementia.   The aim of the ‘dementia friends’ campaign is for a million people nationwide to receive simple training to help them understand the challenges faced by people with dementia and to be in a better position to help and support them.

Steve Webb said:

“With an ageing society more and more of us will either have first hand experience of dementia ourselves or will have a close family member or friend affected by the condition.  There is much that can be done to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and businesses which deal directly with the public would benefit greatly from the training available.  I found the training very valuable in understanding better how people are affected by dementia and how best to respond, and I would encourage local firms to take up the chance to gain this understanding”.

Groups interested in taking up the training can contact Debbie Woolley via Yate Town Council in order to arrange a session, either with Debbie or with Yate Town deputy mayor Tony Davis who has also been trained to lead training sessions.

The photo shows: (L-R) Jane Gilliard, Steve Webb MP and staff members Joanna Wallis and Zoe Duffner after receiving their training.

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