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Communication and Dementia Online Webinars

  • Does your work bring you into contact with people living with dementia?
  • Are you living with dementia or caring for someone who does?
  • Would you like to have better interactions and conversations?

Join us for our ever popular online webinars, where we discuss why dementia brings changes in communication, and provide you with practical guidance on how to have engaging communication that benefits everyone involved.

Our next Webinar is taking place on Monday 21st June from 10.00am - 12.00noon and we are pleased to announce that Arabella Swift, Speech and Language Therapist from North Bristol NHS Trust will be joining us. Arabella has a special interest in Primary Progressive Aphasia.

Also joining us for the workshop will be Dr Joseph Webb of University of Bristol, Dr Emily Oliver of Dementia UK, Mark Swepson of Sirona care & health and Mark Poarch, CEO of BRACE Dementia Research will co-host the event.

Tickets for the webinar cost £5.00 with 50% of profit going to BRACE, but are FREE for people living with a dementia diagnosis and those claiming carers’ allowance to support someone with dementia.

Book your PAID FOR ticket HERE.

Book your FREE ticket HERE.

Our Contributors

Winsome Barrett-Muir is the project coordinator of the South Gloucestershire Dementia Friendly Communities where our aim is to create a friendlier community for everyone with a focus on raising awareness of dementia. The SGDFC has been in existence since 2013.

Mark Poarch: CEO, BRACE Dementia Research

Mark Poarch has been Chief Executive of BRACE Dementia Research since 2008. BRACE funds laboratory-based and clinical research and provides dementia information for the general public.

Arabella Swift: Speech and Language Therapist, North Bristol NHS Trust.

Arabella works in outpatients and in the community with clients with acquired neurological conditions which includes Dementia. She is the Dementia Lead for the Speech and Language Therapy Team at NBT; she has a specific interest in Primary Progressive Aphasia and helps run a group for clients with PPA in South Gloucestershire.


Dr Joseph Webb: NIHR SSCR Capacity-building Fellow; Vice Chancellor's Fellow, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Joe is a social scientist with experience of research on the communication of people with cognitive impairments. He has worked extensively with co-researchers with lived experience to explore how communication in health and social care settings, and how it can be improved.


Dr Emily Oliver, Lead Dementia Nurse, Portsmouth Hospital University Trust

Emily is a registered mental health nurse who has specialised in Dementia since qualifying. Emily undertook a clinical academic research fellowship funded by NIHR that focused on how work system factors influence nurse's capacity to provide relationship centred care. Emily currently works as a Lead Nurse for Dementia at Portsmouth Hospital University Trust and her previous role was as a Consultant Admiral Nurse for Dementia UK. Emily's research interest focuses on compassionate care for people with dementia and their carers, particularly in acute hospital settings and she has recently been awarded a Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship to explore this in Denmark.


Mark Swepson has been working as a dementia advisor for Sirona care & health for over 4 years, providing advice and support to individuals diagnosed with dementia, and their carers. He works alongside the GP surgeries in the Patchway, Filton, Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford areas of South Gloucestershire.

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Did You Know?

  • Dementia currently affects over 46.8 million people worldwide and in the UK over 920,000 people are affected and this number is set to reach 1 million by 2025.
  • Over 42,000 people are living with young onset dementia, where dementia was diagnosed under the age of 65 yrs.
  • Two-thirds of people living with dementia live in the community and not in care homes.
  • According to the Alzheimer’s society there are over 700,000 unpaid carers of persons with dementia in the UK. There are many people affected by dementia in our society who would benefit from and appreciate dementia friendly businesses.

Dementia presents many challenges and one of those is how businesses can become dementia friendly and aware so that their service is fit for purpose for both their customers but also for their employees who might be carers of a person living with dementia or who might be at an early stage of cognitive impairment.

This webinar will introduce you to the concept of dementia friendly businesses, why it’s important for your business and how you can start your journey to be an inclusive and thriving dementia friendly organisation/business.

We are thrilled to have Sue, who is still working whilst living with Young Onset Dementia, joining Mandy Blair of Dementia UK for a question and answer session.

Book your FREE ticket HERE.

We will send the Zoom link the week before the webinar.

Our Contributors

Winsome Barrett-Muir is the project coordinator of the South Gloucestershire Dementia Friendly Communities where our aim is to create a friendlier community for everyone with a focus on raising awareness of dementia. The SGDFC has been in existence since 2013.


Sophie Intiglietta: Solicitor at Co-Op Legal Services

Sophie has been qualified as a Private Client Solicitor for 8 years and has specialised in Wills, Trusts, Probate and Mental Capacity. She has helped numerous clients plan for their future and in the event of their death or loss of capacity she has worked with their family, friends or associates to administer their affairs. Sophie is a Dementia Friend and has volunteered with Age UK South Gloucestershire for the past few years.


Lucy Smith : Managing Director of Inclusive Change Ltd and newly established social enterprise Inclusive Change at Work C.I.C.

In March 2020 Lucy and her husband Rich opened a new style of shop in South Gloucestershire. Your VIllage Shop is based in Stoke Gifford Retirement Village and they call it an Extra Help Shop - providing Extra Help to make shopping accessible for all customers. Lucy aims to make the shop dementia and autism friendly for customers and employees.

Lucy is also an associate trainer for The Curly Hair Project, an social enterprise that helps autistic people and those around them.


Sharron Tolman, Consultant Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK

Sharron Tolman is a Registered general nurse and Registered Mental Health Nurse . She has worked with people affected by dementia for over 30 years, in a variety of settings but mostly supporting people living at home. She set up an award winning hospice Admiral nurse dementia service and joined dementia UK 2018 to help develop new Admiral nurse services and support Admiral nurses in practice.

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Adam Michallat-Cox: Director, Wiltshire Farm Foods

Having spent the first few years working in the financial services sector, Adam followed his heart into small business, working in various marketing, HR and financial positions before co-purchasing the Wiltshire Farm Foods franchise for the Bristol area in 1993.

He is proud to have been part of its growth and development ever since, providing a valuable service within the community. He became a trustee of the BDAA in 2015.


Mandy Blair: Young Onset Dementia Advisor, Dementia UK

Mandy has worked for Dementia UK since November 2013, having previously worked for Relate for 10 years. Mandy’s role within Dementia UK is to provide information, guidance, signposting and emotional support for people with young onset dementia and their families. Mandy works in close partnership with the consultants at the Cognitive Disorders Clinic to provide timely, individualised support from the point of diagnosis. Part of Mandy’s role is to host regular groups to enable people to meet others in a relaxed environment and share their experiences.