How E.ON and Alzheimer's Society are delivering direct support for people with dementia

Posted 15/02/2019 by E.ON

At E.ON, we believe in making our community a better place. It's why more than two years ago we partnered with Alzheimer's Society to raise both money for and awareness of dementia.

The number of people living with dementia in the U.K. is set to increase to over a million by 2025 and two million by 2051. It can happen to anyone and there's currently no cure. With so many affected – including many of our colleagues' family members – we wanted to take action.

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia support and research charity, and E.ON and our employees have raised £200,000 for the organisation since our partnership began. That's helped pay for nearly 450 Alzheimer's Society dementia support workers, who have gone on to help 50,500 people take control of their lives and make sense of what's happening to them.

Raising money is only one piece of our partnership. We also want to ensure that we offer people with dementia and their carers service tailored to their needs. Together with Alzheimer's Society, we researched the best way to train our staff to do just that.

image - our fundraising have helped provide 450 dementia support workers who have helped 50,000 people

Our report, Switch on to Dementia, detailed the experiences that people with dementia and their carers had with energy companies. Available for energy companies, the government and researchers, it made recommendations on actions to take to improve their situation and ease their daily struggles.

Following the report, we went on to offer our employees the opportunity to learn more about the condition and the many small ways that they can help others in the community living with dementia. Employees were able to attend an information session and become a Dementia Friend, encouraging greater understanding of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends was launched in 2013 to tackle the stigma that often results in people with dementia losing friends and being socially isolated. We are proud to say that nearly 5,000 E.ON colleagues have become Dementia Friends, with more joining this nationwide social action movement every year.

image - nearly 5000 eon colleagues are now dementia friends

Steve Jolly is one of them. He leads a team of smart metering technicians for E.ON at Kingswinford. His father in-law has dementia.

“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," he said. “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."

Nationally, over 2 million people have already taken part in Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends initiative, with a target to reach 4 million by 2020. We aim to offer all our colleagues a chance to take part before the end of our partnership in 2020.

We are so proud of what we have accomplished since 2016 with Alzheimer's Society and are excited about what more we can deliver as we continue working together in 2019. Our customers are the heart of our business and partnerships with organisations like Alzheimer's Society help us create a better tomorrow for everyone.

Figures are accurate as of 21st September 2018.

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