As much as we love to have visitors at the DSDC and enjoy the time we get to spend with people across health, social and third sector at training events, we recognise that health and safety must come first. So many of the people we work with fall into vulnerable groups so we must proceed with caution. Much of this month’s newsletter is devoted to communicating what we are doing differently and how we are doing it in ways to promote the health and well being of our staff and all of the people and organisations we support.
One of the ways we are working differently is by adding some new online learning options, so that you can maintain your skills and expand your knowledge of dementia and the evidence base for best practice support without needing to travel. Currently running online courses include Intersections of Dementia and Design and a shorter Introduction to Dementia and Design, both of which focus on improving the physical environment for people living with dementia. We also have a Re-certification Day for current Best Practice facilitators. This was created to provide a refreshed overview of the Best Practice course to ensure that facilitators who may have taken a break from facilitating or who are unfamiliar with the new materials can get a review of the course (one new learning pack with a facilitators guide is included with this course). Our Advanced Care Planning course will be available online soon, and we are also working to make our Leading the Way in Social Care course available as a slightly longer online learning opportunity. Stay tuned, as more flexible learning will be made available in the next couple of months.
We hope to be back with you in person soon, and we will let you know when the Centre is open again for visitors. In the meantime, stay safe and stay in touch.