Thurrock Carers Service offer a walk with dementia

THURROCK Carers Service is offering the opportunity to local residents to help change lives by walking in the shoes of a person with dementia.

After the success of a previous event earlier this year the service has confirmed two more dates for the Virtual Dementia Tour to come to Grays.

A charitable donation has allowed the service to hold the training event on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 Octoberat Grays Fire Station on Hogg Lane. The training will be provided and delivered by training2care. This event is supported by Essex Fire Service who are generously providing the venue.

The service isoffering three sessions at a capacity of 12 individuals per session. Each session will last two and a half hours, and you will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to your session.

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The first session will run from 9.30am – 12.00pm, the second session will run 12.15pm – 2.45pm and the third session will run 3.00pm – 5.15pm. The training is free of charge for carers, however for professionals the training costs are £30 for one space, £40 for two, and £80 for four spaces. Each session is limited to four spaces for professionals.

You must book to ensure your place on the Virtual Dementia Tour, booking packs can be obtained from Thurrock Carers Service. The training must be pre booked and you will need to return your booking, consent and medical form or you will not be able to participate in the training.

A spokesperson for the service said: “It is essential that we begin to focus on what dementia is like for the person rather than just the care giver. The Virtual Dementia Tour is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest thing we can experience of what dementia might be like.

“The training gives a useful insight to dementia and enables discovery of the physical and sensory changes that as person living with dementia may experience. This will be achieved through exploring how the environment can help or hinder a person living with dementia and will help you to identify ways to make positive life changes and improve communication.

“You will be able to identify with a person’s feelings; experience the challenges of stereotyping and understand the importance of person-centred care and the impact it has. We hope that on completion of this training participants will gain an understanding dementia from the person’s point of view and this will help you to reduce issues and improve their quality of life.”

On the day the Thurrock Carers Service team will be on site from 9am – 6pm. There will also be tea or coffee available on the day. Call 01375 377 500 or email carers@thurrockmind.org.uk to confirm bookings as soon as possible.

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