Dementia Ambassadors celebrate learning journeys

Nearly 100 of Scotland’s Dementia Ambassadors were in Edinburgh on Friday 4 March to celebrate their role in leading learning for working with people living with dementia. They were at the second national Dementia Ambassadors conference hosted by the SSSC at Dynamic Earth.

SONY DSCSpeaking about the important role of Dementia Ambassadors, Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said:

‘The Dementia Ambassadors play a really valuable role in building and strengthening skills and knowledge in this important area, helping to drive up the quality of care for people living with dementia. The Scottish Government continues to support the delivery of the Promoting Excellence framework.  I’m delighted that the Ambassadors’ contribution is being highlighted at this national event.’

Opening the conference Professor Jim McGoldrick, Convener of the SSSC said:

‘Dementia Ambassadors throughout Scotland are leading the way in developing the skills and knowledge for working with people living with dementia. Every one of you here has been on your own learning journey and taken a different path to get here and we would like to celebrate that journey today.

‘We are also celebrating and recognising the citizen leaders that are here today, from the Scottish Dementia Working Group and the National Dementia Carers Action Network, they are truly the experts and we are grateful they are here to share their experiences.’

At the conference delegates heard from:

  • the SSSC
  • Alzheimer Scotland
  • Scottish Dementia Working Group
  • National Dementia Carers Action Network
  • the Care Inspectorate
  • NHS Education Scotland (NES)
  • Dementia Ambassadors
  • a Scottish Dementia Awards winner
  • Forget Me Notes Dementia Singing Group.

Dementia Ambassadors are people in social service and other settings who have volunteered to develop their skills in working with people living with dementia as part of the Promoting Excellence learning framework. There are almost 1,000 Dementia Ambassadors right across Scotland whose role it is to promote best practice and support colleagues in their knowledge of working with people living with dementia.

2 Responses to “Dementia Ambassadors celebrate learning journeys”

  1. LornaStrachan

    Mar 13. 2016

    I would like to make contact with a local DA with experience of working with those with a learning disability and dementia in Dundee

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  2. Kerry Cannon

    Mar 17. 2016

    Hi Lorna, thank you for your comment. We would be happy to discuss this with you further, and suggest people you can make contact with in your local area.

    Please get in touch with us by email at promotingexcellence@sssc.uk.com

    If you’d prefer to phone, you can call us directly at 01382 346189

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