E.ON celebrates two years supporting Alzheimer’s Society on ‘World Alzheimer’s Day’
Dementia is a subject close to my heart as my father-in-law is living with it and I know the impact it has on him and all the family and those around him, so I jumped at the chance to share this understanding with my colleagues. I think the Dementia Friends initiative is vital because it helps people to understand the different types of dementia that exist and how you can offer support to those affected.
On World Alzheimer’s Day (21st September) E.ON is celebrating the support it’s given to Alzheimer’s Society during the two year partnership with the charity.
Alzheimer’s Society has been E.ON’s official charity since 2016 and so far more than £170,000 has been raised through colleague fundraising to support the charity. The partnership has recently been extended to the end of 2020.
The funds raised by E.ON employees have helped pay for almost 450 Alzheimer’s Society dementia support workers providing support to more than 50,500 people affected by dementia across the UK. These dedicated professionals help people to take control of their lives, and make sense of what’s happening to them.
As part of the partnership, E.ON has pledged to offer all of its UK employees the opportunity to attend an information session and become a Dementia Friend. So far more than 4,500 E.ON colleagues have become Dementia Friends. This Alzheimer’s Society programme helps people to learn more about dementia and the small ways they can help others living with the condition.
E.ON’s adoption of the Dementia Friends initiative for its own employees follows its funding of research into how energy companies can help people with dementia and their carers. The ‘Switch on to Dementia’ research, available here, was funded by E.ON and conducted by Alzheimer’s Society. One of its recommendations was around ensuring that staff working with vulnerable customers have undergone appropriate training.
Steve Jolly leads a team of smart metering technicians for E.ON at Kingswinford and has recently become a Dementia Friend. He said: “Dementia is a subject close to my heart as my father-in-law is living with it and I know the impact it has on him and all the family and those around him, so I jumped at the chance to share this understanding with my colleagues.
“As well as using the training materials provided to E.ON by Alzheimer’s Society, I shared my personal experience with the team and found that many of them are also going through a similar situation. I think the Dementia Friends initiative is vital because it helps people to understand the different types of dementia that exist and how you can offer support to those affected, whether it’s me talking to my father-in-law or my colleagues now in their conversations with customers.”
More information about E.ON’s partnership with Alzheimer’s Society is available on its website.
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