Well done dementia-friendly Waitrose in… Paddock Wood! Local information is good :)

Yet another brilliant blog from Gill Philips

Whose Shoes? A catalyst for change in health and social care

Last week our Whose Shoes?® workshops in Kent were switching between Tunbridge Wells and Malling – we are using different facilitators, different venues, days of the week and times of day, but maintaining the same energy and passion to make connections that lead to a better quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers in the local area.

It was a hard act to follow. The previous Friday had…

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All systems go! Launch of Whose Shoes? Dementia Friendly West Kent!

Brilliant blog capturing the energy at the start…..

Whose Shoes? A catalyst for change in health and social care

Did you follow the launch of our Dementia Friendly Communities project in Kent? Last week’s blog, describing the build up to the project, has attracted a lot of interest.

The launch event was exciting as this approach is innovative. We have a really passionate team on board, tapping into some very strong networks in Kent, so there was plenty of energy! 😉

It is the first time Whose Shoes?® has been used in this way. We have co-produced a brand new set of cards but, as always, with the same intentions: triggering some very real conversations, firing people up to want to make a difference and working together to see what we can all DO about the issues raised.

So, how…

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Dementia Friendly West Kent… a small step to a dementia friendly world!

Whose Shoes? A catalyst for change in health and social care

This week we launch our Whose Shoes?® Dementia Friendly Communities project in West Kent.

Wonderful graphic of our NHS Change Day pledge by talented and generous Sarah Smizz :) Wonderful graphic of our NHS Change Day pledge by talented and generous Sarah Smizz 🙂

We were approached by some really passionate people running Age UK branches in West Kent who wanted to do something innovative and engaging around promoting Dementia Friendly communities. They had heard about Whose Shoes?® and thought it would be the perfect tool and approach to engage with people from their local communities and see how things…

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In the shoes of … | Ken Howard, living with younger onset dementia

Good for you Ken!

Whose Shoes? A catalyst for change in health and social care

I always feel very privileged when people tell their stories through my ‘in my shoes’ series. But never more so than today.

Today is NHS Change Day and today’s blog is a ‘special edition’ as part of our global #NHSChangeDay campaign to enable people living with dementia to speak out about what is important to them.

Today’s blogpost by Ken Howard has taken an enormous amount of effort on Ken’s part.

Ken is living with younger onset dementia. In the past, Ken was an avid reader but one of the things he really struggles with now is reading and writing.

I have come to know Ken well, over the past year or so. Ken is very articulate and has taught me so much about his life with dementia – how it affects him personally.

Ken enjoys getting involved in my Whose Shoes? workshops and people learn so much from…

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Commissioning for Dementia Care – Getting it Right

Whose Shoes? A catalyst for change in health and social care

First of all, huge thanks to Ken Howard! How good is this?!

This amazing picture was created by Ken Howard, who is living with dementia. We are working together to blast dementia stereotypes out of the water!
This amazing picture was created by Ken Howard, who is living with dementia.
We are working together to blast dementia stereotypes out of the water!

Dementia Skills Network was launched by Skills for Health in November, 2013 as part of the ‘My Health Skills’ initiative. It now has nearly 100 members networking and sharing good practice around dementia care. A good start but with lots of scope to grow and blossom. So we ran a Whose Shoes?®, workshop last week to help it along a bit!

So, how did it all come about?

Dementia Roundtable
Dementia Round Table

As part of the launch of Dementia Skills, I was very honoured to be invited to take part in a ‘Round table’ discussion in London, with a lovely mixed group of people, united by our passion to improve the quality of life of people…

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