We are delighted with the progress of our Whose Shoes?® sessions in Kent, using special new co-produced scenarios to promote ‘Dementia Friendly’ communities.
By this we mean communities where people who happen to be living with dementia are respected and valued and able to continue to have quality of life… just like the rest of us.
And our core mission of breaking down stigma and concentrating on what people with dementia CAN do rather than only seeing what they ‘can’t do’
Our strategy to hold a launch event to ‘light some fires’ and encourage influential people to spread the word has been successful.
Take up of places at the four sessions we have held so far has been excellent.
We are deliberately holding them on different days of the week and at different times to appeal to different groups and we are now a quarter of the way through our 16-session programme. It is not too late! There are still places left at most of the remaining ones, and if we are over-subscribed we will take people’s names and hopefully find a way of responding as we have a very dedicated team who just want to make a difference to people living with dementia and carers in West Kent.
We reported here on the very first workshop in Tunbridge Wells on 14 May. Today we share a bit of the action from the three sessions we held last week in support of Dementia Awareness Week.
I was particularly pleased that we were able to hold a session in Sissinghurst, a bit off the beaten track, as it is just as important to engage with smaller communities as it is with the bigger towns…
And, as always, a huge privilege to involve people living with dementia and their carers. I hope that this aspect of or work will grow and grow.
I love the way different initiatives in Kent are working together – Whose Shoes? is about helping people make connections and build connections
I love seeing the pictures coming in live on Twitter
And I love to follow some of the issues being raised
And I love to see the feedback and growing interest, networking and support
And should we apply Whose Shoes? to more areas? Improving maternity services?
It was great to see Alison trying out her new graphic recording skills. It is a very ‘can do’ kind of project
The Friday 23 May session was a bit special. Well, hopefully they all are in their own ways. This was part of the launch of Dementia Friendly Tunbridge Wells – how good is that? 😉
The Whose Shoes? workshop was in the morning, and there was a bit of a rave in the afternoon.
Living well with dementia certainly includes having a bit of fun! 😉
And if you missed these events, come along next time…
The first hand views and experience of participants help to shape new material. We are gathering lots of new material for the ambitious ‘Patients in Charge’ event in Cumbria.
On Thursday, while Whose Shoes? was making waves in Sissinghurst, I had the privilege of attending the “Sharing leadership with patients and service users” event at the King’;s Fund in London… and with memories of a similar theme at a workshop I attended at NHS Expo