We provide training on dementia and mental illness to carers and family members of our clients.
Our support programme for carers includes training on dementia. This enables them to manage some of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in a way that reduces stress on themselves. Well informed carers understand those with dementia or mental illness better and relate to them in a more meaningful way. They develop better relationships with their loved ones leading to improved well being for both. Most of the training is provided at carers' support group meetings which take place every month.
Amongst BMF volunteer staff are a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist, a psychotherapist, an occupational therapist, a GP and several highly qualified trainers. They support our team of volunteers by offering training on dementia and mental illness, advice and consultation. The training offered ensures that our team remains highly professional and is able to deliver the best possible service to our clients.
We also offer some training and advice to members of staff from community orgnaizations that collaborate with us. This is usually delivered during our own training sessions or through meetings, workshops and seminars.
In order to maintain high standards, we also collaborate with international trainers. This ensures that the training that we offer and the services that we deliver adhere to best practice standards recognised worldwide.
BMF has links with local and international health and academic institutions. We are forging partnerships amongst these to promote research and good practice. BMF is already collaborating with institutions in South Africa and overseas. These include King Dinuzulu Hospital and Zibambeleni in Durban, South Africa and with Kings College and East London NHS Foundation Trust, in the UK.