Dementia Support Skills for Volunteers and Carers

Ref: C3744873

In this workshop we will look at the different types of dementia and how to distinguish these from other conditions. We will explore what it feels like for someone with dementia and consider the legislation in place to support and protect those with dementia. In terms of practical strategies, we will identify the practical changes we can make to the environment to enhance orientation and independence and how to support effective communication and minimise distress for someone living with dementia.

Additional information about this course

Working in partnership with East Surrey College

Course aim

In this workshop we will look at the different types of dementia and practical strategies to help understand and support someone living with dementia to maintain their independence. Suitable for family members, friends,volunteers or paid carers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for family or friends of someone with dementia as well as those working with people with dementia as volunteers or care workers.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the different types and form dementia takes and how to distinguish this from other conditions.
  • Explain how someone with dementia might feel and experience the world around them.
  • Identify and use communication strategies for interacting more effectively with someone with dementia.
  • Identify environmental changes to help someone with dementia to be more oriented and independent in their daily activities.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course information sheet

Dementia Support Skills for Volunteers and Carers

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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