Following on from Yesterday , it was cooler overnight the bed only had a sheet on it so got the quilts and snuggled down.

The promised rain arrived overnight but had stopped by breakfast time and it was a bit fresher outside.

After breakfast I met up with Kath Pyke from Dementia Adventure in reception and we waited for the taxi to arrive

There was a taxi outside at 8:30 but the driver said he was there for someone else but in the end he took us to Wessex Water anyway.

When we arrived at Wessex Water we were greeted by Kirsty who showed us to the room where the Workshop would be so that we could prepare.


First off Kath did a short presentation including a video of Agnes Houston talking about sensory challenges.

Next I passed around a picture of James McKillop and his wife Maureen and ask them all to decide who in the picture had Dementia and for how long.

The majority chose Maureen in part because James was stood next to a Driving School car and someone said 15 years from diagnosis which is close as James was diagnosed 20 years ago, to which James likes to say he was diagnosed in the last Century, being diagnosed in 1999.

This led on to the next session which began by talking about invisible disabilities, sensory challenges, communication, power of attorney etc followed by questions

After a short break they broke up in to 3 groups to discuss different topics and then they all came together to talk about the positives and negatives of their discussion.

The people taking part were a wide selection of the roles in Wessex Water, people that call at peoples homes, people who take customer service calls right up to senior managers and it was fascinating to see how a problem solving about a leaflet handed out at peoples homes started with the people handing them out and suggestions came from all areas represented.

It was then time for lunch and to say our goodbyes.

Wessex Water have their own staff bus service which we were able to use back to town, where we got our trains home.

It was a very good morning and seems to be a great place to work, very friendly staff and the food is good as well !

One result I didn’t expect but which is no less pleasing is that staff can volunteer at memory cafe’s and other groups to improve their understanding of Dementia and other conditions and that they will get paid time off work to do it.

I wonder how many other employers are willing to undertake such a wonderful initiative.