Douch’s dementia seminars open to all

Nick Douch, MD of Douch Family Funeral Directors, and MP Michael Tomlinson, at the Lesley Shand branch in Corfe Mullen where one of the seminars will be held.

Businesses as well as individuals are invited to attend free seminars about living with dementia.

Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors are putting on the events in Blandford, Poole and Corfe Mullen during Dementia Action Week.

Speakers have been lined up to address various aspects of dementia in order to help people deal with the issue.

On Wednesday May 22 events are being held at the Ives and Shand branch in Parkstone at 7am and at the Lesley Shand branch in Blandford at 6pm.

The first will hear a personal account from Brian Hallett about his experience of living with someone with Lewy Body dementia.

And in Blandford Dr Bernard Coope will be giving a talk on ‘Living with dementia and the impact on their lives and those around them’.

The following day in the Lesley Shand branch in Corfe Mullen at 2pm Dr Bernard Coope will again be speaking.

Also speaking in Corfe Mullen will be Peter Jones, Chair of the Corfe Mullen Dementia Friendly Community – and those attending will hear a personal account of living with someone with dementia.

The funeral group has had all its premises audited for those with dementia and most of its staff are ‘dementia friends’ following training.

Emma Regan from the group who is organising the events said: “We have found the dementia training of great benefit.

“Often very small changes can really help those with dementia and their carers and we are inviting businesses as well as individuals to book in to the seminars.

“Businesses, especially if public-facing, can really benefit from knowledge about dementia and related conditions.

“The three venues have their own 40 seater ceremony rooms in which we’ll be holding the events.

“There will be coffees, tea and cake available at Corfe Mullen, bacon rolls for the morning seminar at Parkstone, and cheese and wine at Blandford.

“The seminars, we hope will give an insight into this important and growing issue and allow a networking opportunity for like-minded businesses and individuals.

“We have partnered with the Poole Dementia Action Group for the Parkstone event, Blandford Dementia Action Alliance Group for the Blandford event and Corfe Mullen Dementia Friendly Community for the Corfe Mullen event.

“We really want to raise awareness as well as helping attendees in practical ways.”

Details can be found on the group’s Facebook page and on its website: under ‘about us’ and ‘events’.

Dementia Friends are the group’s 2019 ‘Charity of The Year’. Details of all our fundraising events and how to donate can be found here:


Note to editors: Douch Family Funeral Directors have been helping families with funeral arrangements for over 100 years. Branches include Douch & Small, A E Jolliffe & Son, Albert Marsh, James Smith, Ives & Shand and Lesley Shand Funeral Service. They’re based in Wimborne, Ferndown, Wareham, Poole, Upton, Wimborne, Swanage, Blandford and Corfe Mullen.