Raising dementia awareness in Genesis 

Last updated - 15 March 2018

Dementia Forum
Blog by Ben Williams, Dementia Forum Chair

The Dementia Forum takes the lead on raising awareness of the issue with staff. Dementia is affecting more and more families, so we run dementia friends’ awareness sessions. These are short and informative. They help staff who are working with those living with dementia or caring for a family member.  

This 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.

We joined in the Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance and this has led to lots of opportunities. For example, we helped the MET Police to better train their officers.  We piloted a new way of working with those who are living with dementia.  This work has raised our profile and means we have been contacted for further pilots and trials. We’re really doing some innovative work!

I first saw the impact of Dementia on people’s lives at the Princess Royal Trust for Carers over ten years ago. Since then I’ve been trying to find ways to support people living with dementia, their carers and staff. Many long-term illnesses will have an impact on a person’s outlook. But dementia can change a someone’s personality. That can be harder to handle than when that person passes 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 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.