Walled Gardens of Cannington to hold free dementia training


The Walled Gardens of Cannington is to hold free training sessions for those interested in becoming Dementia Friends and learning more about dementia.

The sessions will be run by local Dementia Friends Champion, Kris Scotting and held in the Gardens’ Tea Room. Members of the public can drop in to the sessions without pre-booking to find out how they can help to be more dementia friendly. Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by the end of 2015, to help improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition.

The Walled Gardens’ Tea Room previously held a training session for staff and volunteers, which was a great success.

Richard Mullan, who works at the Gardens said, “With dementia very much in the headlines of late, I was keen to take the opportunity to learn a bit more about it. This short introduction course was a real eye opener on both a personal and business level. We hope to introduce measures within the Plant and Gift Shop and Tea Room that will help all visitors with dementia have enjoyed a positive experience when visiting the Gardens. I would encourage anyone to attend a Dementia Friend training session; a little understanding can make a big difference.”

Jayne Alcock, Grounds and Gardens Supervisor said, “This is an important initiative in raising awareness about the difficult subject of dementia. We are keen to ensure that all sections of the community are able to enjoy the Gardens, and Kris gave us some useful tips on how to improve the experience and meet the needs of visitors who may be experiencing dementia.”

The Walled Gardens will be holding the sessions on Wednesday 14, 21 and 28 January, for anyone who is interested in finding out more to attend.

Kris Scotting said, “The Dementia Friends staff and volunteer session in Cannington was fantastic, and the feedback from participants was really positive. It gives me such satisfaction to speak to people about dementia and how it affects people’s every day lives.”


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