Sally Knocker - Consultant Trainer
Playful • Energetic • Networker
Almost my entire working life has been at a national level influencing dementia care development. I was the first National Branch Development Officer for the Alzheimer’s Society, an interesting job supporting the growth of a network of local branches and carers’ groups. My penchant for networking thrived in this role and has never stopped!
Years before other statutory organisations were considering in-house dementia care training, I went on to work for an award winning dementia development team in a local authority. This was then an innovative role training and working alongside home care and care home workers. For the last ten years I have been a freelance dementia trainer and writer contributing nationwide to a diverse range of dementia care developments, including running education programmes for family carers.
I have a particular interest in meaningful activity in its broadest sense for people living with a dementia. Since 2002, I have worked part-time for NAPA, the National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People, initially as a project manager and then as Director of Communications. I have written extensively on the topic, for example the Alzheimer’s Society Book of Activities (2002) and for the activities section of the SCIE Dementia Gateway website. I have run reminiscence groups with the European Reminiscence Network and an intergenerational arts project with Magic Me.
At home, I am kept busy being a chauffeur to my energetic 9 year old in her various sporting pursuits. My guilty pleasures are late night chocolate and Star Trek Voyager repeats.
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