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Training for Meeting Centre Staff and Volunteers

Worcester University has developed a 5-week fully online course to help staff & volunteers understand how to develop a successful dementia Meeting Centre. As a Meeting Centre "Demonstrator Site", Kirrie Connections are working with the University to provide the training in Scotland.

This 5-week course will support you in considering the different elements that make up a Meeting Centre and explore the practicalities of implementing it. This will include looking at:

  • The Meeting Centre ethos

  • The Essential Features of a Meeting Centre

  • The Adjusting to Change model and how this model can be used in practice to support both members with dementia and family carers

  • The physical, social and psychological effect of movement on individuals, with the opportunity for staff/volunteers to start to consider how this can be incorporated into the Meeting Centres programme.

Whilst we do not expect all staff & volunteers to have in-depth knowledge of dementia, we do expect that they have some understanding. We therefore request that all those attending have investigated becoming a Dementia Friend. Please see this link to access free online Dementia Friends training.

Mode of delivery: This fully online training will be delivered using the University’s online learning platform. It will include weekly scheduled 'live' online sessions where you will meet your tutor and fellow students and independent study, which you will complete at your own pace. Typically, you should spend approximately 3-4 hours each week working through this course. Please note that attendance at the live sessions, particularly the first one, is very important, and failure to attend will impact your ability to complete the course.

Access requirements: As a fully online training course, you will require a reliable computer/laptop and internet access. You will require audio and video capability for the live online sessions so that you can connect with your tutor and fellow students.

Target audience: This training is specifically to support frontline staff/volunteers who will have day to day responsibility of running a Meeting Centre but may also be of interest to Trustees/other supporters.

Start dates for 2023 training: 

  • 29 May 2023 (live sessions will take place on Thursdays) - This course will be open for registration from Monday 17th April 2023

  • 28 August 2023 (live sessions will take place on Tuesdays) - This course will be open for registration from Monday 17th July 2023


Workshop fee: The training is free to UK delegates  

If you are interested in attending this training, please email, but only do this once registration for the course is open. We will then give more information about how and when to access the training. 


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