During National Dementia Awareness Week (16th – 20th May) the Plaza Community Cinema teamed up with the Sefton branch of the Alzheimer’s Society to ensure that staff and volunteers were aware of the condition.
There are currently 850, 000 people living with dementia in the UK. Government research suggests that up to 50% of the population could be living with the condition yet many of us are not fully aware of the condition or know how to support people living with the condition.
Linda Lawson and Elaine Young visited the community cinema to deliver a Dementia Awareness training session for staff and volunteers at the cinema. The training was very effective and provided participants with an overview of the condition as well as enabling them to ask questions and take part in an interactive discussion with Linda and Elaine.
Christine Physick, arts director at the Plaza said:
‘We now have 10 members of staff and volunteers registered as Dementia Friends; their role will be to assist people living with dementia to feel at ease inside the Plaza, so that they can continue to enjoy a leisure time experience such as film.’
The Plaza’s Dementia Friends are on hand to help and can be easily recognised by their badge.
Linda Lawson, trainer with the Alzheimer’s Society. Elaine Young, Trainer with the Alzheimer’s Society. With the following staff and volunteers from the Plaza, right to left: Leigh, Tracey, Kyle, Nick, Marion, Alisha & Richard