Dementia Friends Q&A
Q&A with Corinne Mouhot-James, Anglia Ruskin Business School
How you were introduced to the idea of being a Dementia Friends Champion?
In 2017, I attended a Dementia Friends Information Session at Anglia Ruskin run by a Dementia Friends Champion from the Alzheimer’s Society. I then received an email from Donna Franklin encouraging me to be trained as a Dementia Friends Champion. I booked onto a one day workshop and haven’t looked back since!
Were there any barriers to running the Information Sessions?
Yes, it took me a while to believe in myself and build up confidence to run an Information Session. I trained some colleagues first, just one or two at a time, and now I have the confidence to deliver Sessions to larger audiences. Sometimes it can be difficult to encourage people to come along and find out more, as there can be a stigma attached to Dementia.
What you have done so far to train others to become more Dementia aware?
I have now set up a closed Facebook group for my Dementia Friends (48 in total so far) and share regular information, including Sessions I run locally. It’s so nice to give back to my local community. At the beginning and to gain confidence, I ran Information Sessions with friends from Harold Wood running club in my own home. However, as I wanted to engage more of the community, I negotiated to have access to a room at the local library and I regularly run Dementia Friends Sessions there in my spare time. I have Sessions advertised and booked for May and June!
What the training was like?
It was really insightful, and allowed me to fully understand all aspects of living and supporting someone with Dementia. It sparked me to do more in my local community of Harold Wood.
Is there anything else you have planned?
Yes, I raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. Along with running club friends we took part in a ‘Memory Walk’ raising over £700. I have arranged a sponsored walk on 12th May in Harold Wood park and will be raising more money in October via our yearly charity run in support of Alzheimer’s Society.
If you would like to know more, or sign up to attend a Dementia Friends Champion information session click here!