The energy is building as West Kent embraces dementia friendly communities!

047_DSC_2195Thank you to all of you who have been following our Dementia Friendly Communities project in West Kent, in partnership with four local branches of Age UK, sponsored by West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group. We are using new bespoke Whose Shoes? messages that we have co-produced to trigger crucial conversations that are relevant to raising dementia awareness and, even more importantly, prompting appropriate action and ‘lighting the fires’ of positive change.

It is wonderful to see the word spreading – especially via informal channels such as Social Care Curry nights!

I can’t believe that we are approaching our final sessions

I am really looking forward to going down to Maidstone on Thursday with my friend and colleague, Ken Howard, who is living with younger onset dementia and triumphantly breaks every stereotype in the ‘Little book of dementia’.

The ‘finale’ session on 26 June is over-subscribed.
We originally planned for all the events to have 25 people and have already booked 40 people on to this one… many of whom are on Twitter 😉 #tweetup

Ken and I are also looking forward to three meetings in London together, all very different but all giving us more and more opportunities to follow through our ambitious global NHS Change Day campaign pledges.

And we have two fantastic presentation opportunities in early July – our Pecha Kucha presentation at the ‘Innovations in dementia’ conference at the Barbican, 3rd July and then taking part in the NHS Change Day celebrations the following day

It is wonderful to see Ken feeling empowered and recognised as an activist:

We show Ken’s short film at our sessions – Ken explains that a diagnosis of dementia “doesn’t have to be a mental death sentence”

It is particularly satisfying to see the range of ‘legacy projects’ that are sprouting up as a result of our Kent programme – watch this space for more details but there is a strong community flavour and all generations are involved. 🙂

We are learning so much – including new types of social media – I am experimenting wuth Haiku Deck…

Sandra Springett and Alison Waters are learning Prezi – we are hoping to produce a great Prezi presentation to report on the project:

And Ken and I wondering if 4 July will bring the chance to do another Google Hangout 😉

Social media will continue to be a key part of connecting different initiatives, joining up thinking and spreading the word…

The standard had been set very high in Tunbridge Wells……

It has been great to see the team move on to new towns and villages, building on the success of our celebratory workshop as part of the launch of ‘Dementia friendly Tunbridge Wells’.

We have some wonderful facilitators on board…

And our new graphic recorders are doing better and better

Our sessions are very inclusive. People of all ages listening and learning together

And we want people who can make a difference to get involved

And then some encouraging tweets I never saw – because it seemed as though I lost a shoe 😉

You can feel the energy and determination to maintain momentum…

We continue to have a really diverse audience

We relax and have fun…

And enjoy looking at things from different perspectives 😉

And keeping things simple

And people always like the little shoes!

And so we carry on working together to define and refine the winning formula

And on that note… 😉

About Gill Phillips - Whose Shoes?

Passionate about personalisation in health & social care. Creator of Whose Shoes? - an imaginative approach to helping people work together to improve lives.
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