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Emma Boyd

Emma Boyd

Emma deserves this award due to the large amount of her time that she has volunteered to the Dementia Friends initiative and even more so for inspiring a co-ordinated effort throughout her work organisation to become more dementia friendly, including giving Dementia Friends training to the entire workforce.

Emma is a Dementia Friends Champion and has currently trained over 350 Dementia Friends. This is a great number to have reached in her volunteered time. Emma also works for a company called Centra Pulse a Telecare lifeline monitoring company based in Kings Hill. Alongside the private Dementia Friends sessions Emma has run in the local community, she have also trained all 200 staff members at Centra, who are speaking to and assisting people with dementia every day.

Following on from this Centra arranged a Dementia awareness day on Wednesday 3rd June at their offices in Kings Hill to further celebrate the great work they have been doing to improve dementia awareness and work towards a Dementia friendly community in our area. They held drop in sessions to raise awareness of their work and dementia as a whole, this session went really well and Emma trained 47 people on the day. Many people who attended these sessions commented on how they felt inspired to share the knowledge and understanding they had achieved from the day.

Emma once said to me ‘It is very rewarding being a Dementia Friends Champion isn’t it? I really enjoy seeing every person that has attended my sessions to walk away with something that has aided their understanding – lots of little ‘light bulb moments’ I call them.’ I think this truly sums up her dedication and care for helping improve the lives of people with dementia by doing all that she can to ensure as many people as possible can change their attitude and be kinder and more understanding. A quality I very much admire. Emma still continues to run Dementia Friends Sessions, her latest challenge is to make her home village Larkfield a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ by liaising with the Parish Council to initiate more sessions.

Emma can be contacted via her email emmaandstewart@hotmail.com to discuss arranging