Neil Timms, CGI’s Senior Vice-President of Space, Defence and Intelligence in the UK, said:
“Sadly, dementia affects many families, so we were delighted, as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, to support the RAF Association in creating the Navigating Dementia platform.
“It is vital that we use digital channels to enable communities to access the information and support they need wherever they are. Given the current challenging times, I am very proud of the joint RAF Association and CGI team that has made this happen so quickly.”
Colin Capper, Head of Research Development and Evaluation at Alzheimer’s Society said:
“We’re delighted to see the launch of this new online hub, which will make a huge difference to the dedicated carers of people with dementia in the RAF family. Our Innovation team worked closely with the Association to tackle the real-life challenges faced by people affected by dementia.
“Getting access to crucial face-to-face support services is difficult for many carers, particularly during the current pandemic which has hit people with dementia hard. Navigating Dementia is a fantastic example of a practical solution.
“This online hub will make the world of difference, not just to the carers themselves who may be feeling isolated and struggling to get respite, but to the people with dementia they care for.”
A grant of £70,000 awarded to the project by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust will enable the Association to broaden the reach of the new online hub to the wider RAF community, supporting veterans as well as serving families.
Phase two of the project will begin later this year with the launch of face-to-face training courses for serving RAF personnel and their managers. This element of Navigating Dementia is being supported by the RAF Association’s High Wycombe Branch.
Rory O’Connor said:
“Before Navigating Dementia, there was no support hub specifically for people in the serving RAF family affected by dementia. Dementia remains a national health priority, and we are responding to the needs of the people the Association serves, and to the national health and social care agenda.”
For more information about the RAF Association, please visit: www.rafa.org.uk