Alex Nuth, one of Sanctuary’s housing officers, has set herself a personal target to raise awareness of dementia with over 100 people, by delivering several interactive Dementia Friends sessions to other Sanctuary staff, committee members and residents.
During Dementia Action Week, which runs from 21 – 27 May, Miss Nuth will also be joining forces with the Dementia Action Alliance team to speak to members of the public at Rochford market. As a group, they aim to raise awareness and promote positive action in the community.
Miss Nuth was inspired to train to become a Dementia Champion after attending her first Dementia Friends information session, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.
She has been able to complete her training and deliver some of the sessions during working hours, thanks to the dedicated employee volunteering scheme that Sanctuary provides to staff.
Alex said: “The sessions give you an understanding of how people with dementia feel and enables you to empathise with them.
“Something during the session will stick with you – that’s what happened to me. It made me want to become a champion.”
During Dementia Action Week, the Alzheimer’s Society is calling on everyone to take action to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia. If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend, or want to learn more, please read Dementia Friends - How to get involved.
In addition, Sanctuary will be raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK by hosting a quiz night at its Rupert Jarvis Court housing scheme.
Sanctuary is funding the quiz night through its Maureen’s Gift fund, which gives donations to charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of financial help to deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion Maureen Vince.
To apply or find out more about Maureen’s Gift, contact Sanctuary, quoting Maureen’s Gift, on either 0300 123 3511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.