Making Space exhibited at Diversity Festival 2020!

March 2020

Each year the Diversity Festival provides a focus through which the University actively promotes, challenges and develops an understanding of equality, diversity and multiculturalism.

This year’s theme is remember to care, the experiences of people working and living with those with Dementia will be shared at a festival.

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Kath Penrith, a Consultant Admiral Nurse for Making Space, exhibited at the event , which took place at University of Chester - Warrington Campus, and was on hand to provide information and update visitors on our new Warrington services, provide evidence based practical support and be an ambassador for innovative and high-quality Dementia care and support.

A keen advocate for best practice in dementia and mental health, Kath has worked has worked at Making Space since 2012. Part of the Dementia Space team, she has worked on a variety of cross-sector partnerships to increase the range, capacity and capability of services for people with dementia, including the extension of Making Space’s current Admiral Nursing support.

A significant aspect of Kath’s work has been to roll out a range of person-centred support programmes for people with complex needs including a Namaste programme and a learning and support package for family carers of people recently diagnosed with dementia.

The Diversity Festival was open to all students at the university, staff and the wider community and gave visitors a unique opportunity to learn and experience different cultures and perspectives.

During the day, a range of speakers, including; Wired-Warrington Young Carers; the Alzheimer’s Society, the Dementia Buddies Programme and Together in Dementia Everyday, talked about their professional and personal experiences of looking after people living with a variety of disabilities.

As well as being able to visit the Making Space stall, there was a chance to visit information stalls from TIDE, Playlist for Life, Alzheimer’s Society, WIRED, Young Carers Association, Dementia Buddies, Hope View Farm, Zero Suicide Alliance, Hub of Hope, Join Dementia Research, Focus on Involvement, Wheelchair Rugby League, Warrington Wolves Foundation.

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