Helping York become Dementia Friendly

The Community challenge at dementia care home Windsor House had an even greater poignancy for some of the Tesco employee volunteers on the York Cares Big Community Challenge, as they have recently completed the training course to become Dementia Friends.

The training is an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society and informs understanding of dementia, suggesting ways people living with dementia in the community can be helped by small, yet meaningful actions and patience.

Volunteer Hannah Shannon spoke enthusiastically about the course and how Dementia Friends has given her an eye-opening understanding of the condition.

Hannah and colleague Brenda Wardle also hope to complete further training with the Alzheimer’s Society to become Dementia Friends Champions. This training would equip the two to run Dementia Friends sessions for other members of staff at the Askham Bar store, with the hope to make their branch fully dementia-friendly.

The team of ten were at Windsor House to improve the garden for the residents and they made an excellent job of painting benches, planting garden beds and tidying pathways to make it a more colourful and sensory space. They also saw it as an opportunity to meet more of the residents and they brought along refreshments to share in the break. A whole range of cakes and mince pies were brought and during a well-earned tea break, the wonderful volunteers mingled and chatted with residents and staff at Windsor House. Residents were thrilled to meet the volunteers making such a big difference to their gardens and all the cakes provided certainly went down a treat!

The volunteers clearly enjoyed an opportunity to meet the residents and were able to empathise with them following their Dementia Friends training.

A great afternoon was had by all at Windsor House and we would just like to thank Tesco once again for going truly above and beyond in their volunteering!