Fiona believes that spending time together, especially over a cup of tea, can bring so many positive effects. This time can be simply chatting or maybe doing an activity together.
She is also a keen advocate for maintaining physical and mental health, particularly into older age.
She has spent most of her career in the NHS but has spent the last 5 years in the heritage/museum sector facilitating groups for older people. These groups have included those living with dementia and their carers, social groups for older bereaved people, seated exercise classes and walking groups as well as activity groups which have included baking, gardening, crafts, music, singing and dancing.
Fiona is a member of our Operations Team, as well as a Founder and Trustee of the charity.
Formal Qualifications Include:
Diploma in Podiatric medicine
Diploma in Supervisory Management
Training courses undertaken:
PAC (Positive Approach to Care,Hand under Hand ) training
Seated Exercise Course
Walk Leaders Training
Using Horticulture with older people and those with dementia
Dementia Champions Training
First Aid Certificate
Food Hygiene certificate
Facilitating Groups Training
Health and Safety training
Mental Capacity Act Training
Making Every Contact count
Fiona has been involved in an international research project quantifying the effects of socialisation and activity in people living with dementia in a heritage setting.
She has also presented at national and international conferences on the subject of the positive effects of socialisation in older people.