Dementia workshops coming to south Bucks
A series of participatory workshops are coming to south Bucks to help people better understand how to communicate with individuals living with dementia.
The Listening with Your Eyes workshops, run by Vamos Theatre, are aimed at both members of the public – particularly those who may have a caring role for someone with dementia – and healthcare professionals.
The workshops, which have been organised with NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England South, are coming to High Wycombe, Chesham and Amersham in November and December.
The workshops consider the way we make connections with others, particularly in non-verbal ways, when spoken words may not make sense, and how this can help carers communicate with loved ones living with conditions like dementia. This may be through body language, mood, eye-contact, touch and gesture, and tone of voice. The workshops aim to improve people’s understanding of this and give them the tools to put it into practice in their day-to-day lives.
Honor Hoskins, Engagement Manager at Vamos Theatre, said: “We teach more than competence in communication: we help to show how to listen and observe, how to build relationships and trust, and how to behave with compassion and empathy. Our workshops are led in a supportive and playful way, with as much laughter as possible, so that participants relax and engage with the session. Our aim is for everyone to learn through their own discovery.”
Dr Sian Roberts, Mental Health and Learning Disability Clinical Director for Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs, added: “These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for people to how they connect with any loved ones living with dementia and develop the skills to do so. They are very useful and thought-provoking – I think anyone affected by dementia will find them extremely rewarding.”
The times and dates for the public/ carers workshops are as follows.
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1 December – The Methodist Church, Bellingdon Road, Chesham, 11pm to 1pm.
15 December – Amersham Free Church, Woodside Road, Amersham on the Hill, 11am to 1pm
You can also book by calling 01296 387821.