‘I Am A Bridge’ Training Programme


Three day programme
06 Nov, 2019
Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 November
Registration from 9am
£330 including lunch and refreshments
All prices include VAT MORE INFO
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A new approach to 'being with' rather than 'working with' people with dementia

About the event

This programme is designed to teach empathic communication skills in people who care for those with dementia.

Not usually associated with ‘care’ is the idea of one person caring for another by entering into the meaning of the other’s life. The ‘I Am A Bridge’ programme teaches attentiveness skills fundamental to caring for those with dementia. In a small group we will learn how to connect to people with dementia. Becoming a ‘bridge’ to a person with dementia means ‘being with’ them and not simply assisting or doing things for them.

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“The ‘I Am A Bridge’ training has opened my eyes and soul to what it feels like to be a part of our human race”

Sandra Deromedi, ‘I Am A Bridge’ participant

Watch the ‘Love is Listening’ trailer


  • What will I learn?

    The ‘I Am A Bridge’ Training Programme is for anyone interested in learning how to better connect to someone with dementia. This programme is being offered to individuals from organisations that are interested in teaching these skills to others in order to change society’s approach to dementia.

  • Course tutors

    Michael Verde, Dementia Specialist and Founder of Memory Bridge

  • What will the course look like?

    • Alzheimer’s disease vs. the dis-ease of Alzheimer’s
    • Care as a being verb
    • Two kinds of action: instrumental and communicative
    • Getting to know our Buddies
    • Circling up: Buddy visits (local care home)
    • Mapping and sharing our I-land
    • Meeting our Buddies
    • Sharing what we’ve learned.

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If you have any questions about this or any of our other courses, please contact the Education team who will be happy to help

020 8768 4656

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