We are delighted that the Dementia Friends learning disability resources that we have been working on in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society are now available for Dementia Friends Champions to view and download on the Dementia Friends Champion Dashboard.
Dementia Friends Champions are given a Dementia Champion Induction which involves encouraging others to learn a little bit about dementia. Champions run Information Sessions in their community and inspire others to help people to live well with dementia and raise awareness of dementia.
The Information Session resources for adults with learning disabilities were created with adults with learning disabilities in mind. The materials were reviewed and developed following input from Dementia Friends Champions, people with learning disabilities, the Alzheimer’s Society and MacIntyre, including the MacIntyre Checkers who work hard to create and approve Easy Read communications that are made accessible to anyone using a MacIntyre service.
The resources enable alternative Dementia Friends sessions to be delivered which may be more appropriate to people with learning disabilities and includes a range of options so each session can be tailored to meet the needs of the group.
Nicola Payne, MacIntyre’s Dementia Project Officer who has worked alongside the MacIntyre Checkers on updating the resources, said:
“We were thrilled to be a part of updating the Dementia Friends resources and ensuring that they are accessible for people with a learning disability. We will use the resources at a Dementia Friends Side by Side session in Milton Keynes with the people we support and our staff so it will be great to see the resources in action and we look forward to using it in other sessions across the country.”
To find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend or Dementia Friend Champion, visit the Dementia Friends website.
If you would like to find out more about the MacIntyre Dementia Project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.