During lockdown in 2020 we started delivering virtual training in our approach for family carers, via online meetings. In 2021 we added a course for professionals working in health and social care.

Training for Family Carers

Our FREE training can help you to support a spouse, partner, family member or friend who is living with anything from mild memory loss to advanced dementia. Our online interactive course consists of eight weekly sessions of just over an hour, with a choice of daytime and evening slots, so you can take part from anywhere!

Our course explains the nature of dementia, how it differs from normal age-related changes in memory and behaviour, and how it can affect well-being.

Supporting all aspects of well-being and using techniques to reduce the person’s stress levels can make daily living activities easier to manage. The caring role then becomes less frustrating and more rewarding.

This course is FREE for unpaid carers – all you need to do is read our booklet outlining the Understanding Dementia approach. The course expands on this, with time for questions and discussion. Afterwards you are welcome to join our private carers’ group on Facebook for ongoing support.

We may offer the course face to face when restrictions allow, so watch this space for updates.

Please Download (PDF) the flyer for more details. To express an interest, join our waiting list or order a booklet, please email us here

Testimonials from Family Carers

The course has really helped me to understand how a person with dementia can think and feel and why certain behaviours are seen. It has helped me to care for my mum more compassionately and be aware from her perspective. I’ve been able to practise being a ‘buddy’ and focus on how she is feeling rather than facts. I’m really hoping to be able to re-build some of her self-esteem and self-worth with this new awareness, and as a result make her life living with dementia a little bit easier.
Sincere thanks to Shirley and Lucy for organising and running this invaluable course – it is so appreciated.

“The Understanding Dementia course that I am currently attending has been so useful in helping me to look at dementia from a different, and more positive perspective, and it has helped me to feel more able to support my mum’s well-being through simple yet very effective changes in my verbal and non-verbal communication. As a result of this course, my family have noticed an improvement in her self-esteem and mood, and she is less distressed. I feel that it would be very beneficial, if not essential, to anyone who is in the position of caring for someone with dementia.”

“It was a good mix of content, well structured, good size group, good length of time. Overall, I wouldn’t change anything!”

“It was good to share experiences with others in similar situations or who had experience of supporting people with dementia. It challenged my thinking by suggesting that changes in my behaviour could really help my Mum to be in a better place. Just to say thank you for running the course which I’ve found very helpful in terms of developing my knowledge and skills. Being linked into a group that can provide support moving forward will be most helpful.”

“Loved the format. It was a good balance of themed and focussed presentation and contributions from the participants. I really liked the beginning where we spoke about our week. I have passed the booklets on to the family and they all found them useful… It feels like we are working together and that is a huge comfort.”


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