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 and so reduce 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.
Volunteer training - Dementia Champions
BMF is training a team of volunteers called dementia champions. After training , the champions go out into their local communities and hold information sessions on dementia. They refer people with concerns to BMF for further assessment.
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 or in the process of establishing links with local institutions and overseas. These include King Dinuzulu Hospital ASWA, UKZN in Durban, South Africa and with Kings College and East London NHS Foundation Trust, in the UK.