In the first of a series of posts from staff and service users for Dementia Awareness Week 2016, Touchstone’s Arfan Hanif talks about the Dementia Champions group within the organisation.

In 2015 Touchstone, as part of its ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly’ accreditation, set up the Dementia Champions group which represents staff from all of our sites. The Champions have started to play a critical role in terms of embedding dementia friendly principles across Touchstone and to ensure that all staff have a good grasp of the agenda. The Champions can only be effective if all our staff, volunteers, peers, trustees, partners and service users work collaboratively to make positive changes that enables people with dementia and their carers to feel valued, increase their confidence and to ensure services are delivered that meet their specific needs.
Arfan Hanif
Operations Director (Quality & Performance)