During 2016 the Kent Wide Dementia Action Alliance held two Hot Potato Conferences.
The days looked at some of the more sensitive issues which can often be considered as controversial or awkward to deal with.
Due to the success of the two events we are now in the process of building a resource pack for local groups and organisations to use, this will be a fluid document which we hope will grow as it’s used.
click below for an extract… If you would wish to have the full ppt with all the documents attached pack please contact us, there is no charge for this pack but it is quite a large document.
The aims and objectives were:-
- To give people ‘permission’ to discuss the subjects openly and to learn from presentations.
- To show people that these issues are everyone’s ‘problem’ and that we need to work together to provide workable solutions.
- To encourage people to look at solutions outside of their own organisation and amongst the community as a whole.
- To generate ‘points to consider’ so that we can pull together a Kent resource pack / not ‘answers’ just suggestions of what needs to be considered.
These events were open to all to attend , in fact a wide range of attendance including older people and those affected by dementia was encouraged.
Due to the fact that the day’s were to be spent looking at some of the more sensitive issues which can often be considered as controversial or awkward to deal with, we were keen to ensure we did not cause any upset. We recognised that in some cases delegates may feel uncomfortable and wish to take a short break. Therefore we arranged a quiet area outside the main hall where they could either have a break alone or talk to a support volunteer.
Everyone was put into mixed groups for the workshop sessions, each group had a named facilitator to assist with the case studies and discussions;
we tried to keep family members together,unless told that they would rather attend the workshops
There were many people attending from different backgrounds including people living with a diagnosis of dementia. To put everyone at their ease we asked that people attending did not wear uniform. This way we hoped that people would have a free and open discussion as peers.
Photographs and Filming
Throughout the day we took photographs and footage of the presentations and discussions. We asked that people let us know on registration if they object to being caught on camera, those who did object were given a name label with a clear red stripe across the top so our photographer could avoid them.