Mindings Stuart Arnott has been a guest of Kent County Council for the last two days at social care events.
On Thursday 28th, Howfield Manor Hotel in Chartham Hatch, Canterbury hosted “Reablement (Intermediate Care) Conference for East Kent”, with Mindings being demonstrated as a social tool for early-stage dementia care.
On Friday 29th Stuart was invited by James Lampert, Commissioning Manager, Families and Social Care Directorate at Kent County Council to be a keynote speaker at “Kent County Council Families and Social Care Community Prevention Conference” in Lenham, Maidstone.
James is a Commissioning Manager at Kent County Council with a professional background in rehabilitation and a passion for improving health and social care services. His current portfolio includes long term conditions, end of life care, falls and has a strategic lead for integrated commissioning.
A terrific programme included presentations by Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care and Director of Health Services Management Centre at Birmingham University, Caroline Hallett from Big Society Co-operative, and Mike Jenn, from Camden Town Shed, talking about the wonderful Mens Shed movement, which originated in Australia. Men’s Sheds usually offer a workshop, tools and equipment so men in later life can use existing skills, learn new ones and be productive while enjoying the benefits of working in a social group.
Stuart was presenting the concept of creating a “virtual community” to develop meaningful relationships with Mindings users who may not have a community of family or friends. Some great new features are being developed to help in this endeavour, and some exciting relationships are being forged to trial Mindings in care settings with these virtual communities.
Watch this space!