The 'we' consists of Alan Savage, the owner of a home care franchise called Home Instead Senior Care and myself.
and I have been working together as residents and volunteers for about nine months on a project called Sale Square Mile
Claremont Road contains a row of small businesses- Alan
knows some people, I know others but with most it is cold calling - offering fishmongers, hairdressers, dentists, physios and café owners free dementia training through Alan's company, explaining about Sale Square Mile
and our plans for making Sale
more dementia friendly.
I was a bit unsure how this would go down - 'Hello I'm a resident, would you and your staff like some free dementia training?' I needn't have worried, for it all came tumbling out.
The fishmonger Darryl told us about how he
watched anxiously as one of his
more vulnerable customers made her
way down the street, only to find, after she
had turned the corner that she
had fallen and injured herself quite badly.
How terrible he
felt, even though it was not his
fault or his
The café owner Liam
told us about his
regular customer whose money spilled out of her
purse - and then of course she
couldn't find it and accused all around her
would forget where she
lived and every week he
phoned the same trusted taxi driver because he
knew where she
And that's where Alan
and I come in.
is what I call a 'serial connector' - he
makes it his
business to know everyone and they know him.
connects people and promotes each to the other - like no-one I have ever met before.
has huge ambition and vision for the place he
is like a tin of bright paint left in the shed.
All the fantastic colours are there but have separated out a bit.
and I are the paint stirrers, going from place to place, listening, connecting and building on the obvious assets that we already have.