We can also confirm that in April we will be offering courses in Manchester, Huddersfield and Tyneside; and in May and June we will be heading to Doncaster, Preston, Liverpool and Stafford. For more information on confirmed dates and venues, click here.
All our training days are designed to develop skills and increase confidence, build peer networks, improve activities provision, encourage meaningful engagement and support you to deliver a fully whole home approach.
While we focus on practical techniques and the best ways to use resources, the day is crucially about the relationships between people, facilitating the building of those relationships and helping participants to better understand their residents, and their specific needs, so they can truly offer person-centred care. During the course, we look at the different stages of dementia, what the appropriate types of activity are for each stage, and explore how to work with people with dementia in a way which means they’re enabled, encouraged, reassured and supported.
The training is mostly practical in nature, with elements of theory interspersed. Participants fully explore the resources within The Sparkles, working in small groups to share experiences and further develop their skills in ways to identify wellbeing and ill-being, and measure the effect of using activities resources with individuals and groups. We discuss how to use knowledge of an individual’s life story to develop activities that will interest and inspire them and we also help participants focus their use of The Sparkles and Sparkles Resource packs to engage with the wider care team and visitors to achieve a “whole home” approach.