Empowered Conversations at work

Working with people living with dementia can be both rewarding and demanding. Time pressures and ever-increasing workloads massively impact on our abilities to connect and communicate with people, especially those living with dementia. The Empowered Conversation team can offer tailored flexible courses to suit your workplace, offering participants a chance to pause, reflect on how they communicate and explore different ways to connect.

‘It made me rethink the way I communicate with some of our residents and people I meet outside of work.’
Janice, Housing and Care 21.

The Empowered Conversations workshops are suitable for:

People providing Dementia Care –

  • Dementia Care Managers,
  • Dementia Care Givers –
    • Domiciliary Care Workers,
    • Care Home Staff and
    • Primary Care Staff.

People whose jobs may bring them into contact with a person with dementia –

  • Emergency Services,
  • Housing teams and people working in retail, services and other public facing occupations.

I enjoyed the course and I learnt many things that will help me personally and in my professional career in theatre. It taught me better ways to speak with people without bombarding them with questions which is what we are taught to do when I do the job. I feel happier with my approaches now and that I contribute to my patients feeling happier and calmer while they are with us. – Chloe

Empowered conversations is a practical psycho-educational programme for professional carers of people living with dementia. The approach has been developed by Six Degrees Social Enterprise CIC in partnership with the University of Salford. The course uses discussions, group work, real life examples and sharing stories to explore, reflect and learn as a group. We get people to think about Tuning In to the person living with dementia and think about what’s happening for the person right now. The course can be delivered to meet the needs of the employer, as single 1 hour sessions through to a condensed day course, it covers the following:

What does it feel like to talk to someone with dementia and what might it feel like for a person living with dementia talking to us?

What gets in the way of you having the conversation that you want to have?

Simple to use tips to start conversations.

What gets in the way of us really listening?

What’s said without words?

What have we learnt, what have we changed and what can we celebrate?

If you would like to bring Empowered Conversations in to your workplace please email