Sir William Beveridge Foundation
Working on Health & Social Care; Women Empowerment; Training & Education; Research & Dementia Friendly Care Village
Dementia & Brain Injury Care Awareness in Cirencester, UK
Clinical and social educational awareness-raising event for dementia and brain injury care: To promote insight into SWBF work which aims to support vulnerable individuals and communities where there may be neurological illness, injury or disease. The Foundation bases its work on the initiation and delivery of practical projects under three principal areas:- health and social care, empowerment and education. At the core is its desire to show how, in providing people with the right tools and the right support where and when they need it, they can be encouraged to live a life that includes hope, dignity, confidence and self-esteem coupled with an ability to care about and help others. Also to help people feel part of a community, to feel they are useful members of society and to look after their families. The Foundation believes that by basing its work on the ideals of the welfare state that were introduced into the UK through William Beveridge and his 1942 Report, translating them into a modern context and spreading them gradually across the globe will help to form better societies.
It’s been such an inspirational and motivational campaign in Cirencester, which almost surprised to the local community people to get engaged with Sir William Beveridge Foundation.
UN Agency Programme in the UK on Dementia Care & Policy
The United Nations Association (Canterbury Branch) UK organized and staged a special Tea & Strawberry Event on July 4th, 2015 in Canterbury, Kent. Dr Mohamed Sakel described the ethos and vision of the Sir William Beveridge Foundation (SWBF) and it’s mission and activities on Dementia Awareness through communities both in the UK and overseas. As Global Ambassador for the SWBF, Dr Sakel identified and outlined what is needed strategically to implement and execute these ideas in a global context. Within his key note lecture, Dr Sakel added to the public voice calling for support to influence World Health Policy on Dementia and its strategic implementation in the near future. Dr Sakel was joined importantly by many other professionals including the Chair of SWBF and members of the board of trustees, who all joined the discussion to consider what is it like to have a real life experience of Dementia.
International Health Projects & Volunteering Opportunities
Four projects supported by the RCN and others, discussed the ethics and principles for working overseas. The Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh and the Valerie Taylor Trust (VTT)- Michael Vince & Dr Mohamed Sakel
Healthcare Ethiopia Partnership—Lesley Long
Medecins Sans Frontieres—Michael Vince
Patience Vince Voluntary Service Overseas’ (VSO)- Patience Vince.
Dr Sakel chaired the programme & congratulated Michael Vince from RCN for his leadership in organising the UN event and conducting the lively debate. Dr Sakel mentioned the inspirational work by Valerie Taylor in developing a spinal Unit (CRP) in Bangladesh. The CRP provides a model for spinal rehabilitation which Kent could benefit from. He also mentioned good works by another organisation Sir William Beveridge Foundation (SWBF) that works in London as well as in Bangladesh. As the global ambassador of SWBF, he wished to have support from Kent Brain Injury Forum to develop service provision for Dementia in UK & in Bangladesh. Tanesh Bhugobaun, KBIF chairman has pledged his support in such endeavours in Kent and beyond. There was a discussion to encourage more exchange of volunteers between Kent and overseas programme like CRP. There was a lively discussion about the issues in service development in UK by foreign born people. Patience Vince mentioned about the value of learning whilst doing volunteering work and long tradition of such work by people from Kent.
The Red Nose Day
On the event of Red Nose Day for UK along with UK Cabinet Minister” & add the hyperlink to the Red nose Day event already in the main website somewhere in the Dementia tab. As principal Investigator, Dr Sakel has teamed up with several Universities & Hospitals of EU. The project proposals involve developing high technology innovation for improving quality of life of dementia & brain injured patients and their carers. These include nano-technology sensors, robotic and semi-autonomous wheelchairs. Dr Sakel has been invited to present SWBF’s work in the prestigious American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2015 meeting in Dallas, USA. Ms Karen Saunders, a Leading Neuro-physiotherapist working within the NHS in Gloucestershire, is assisting Dr Sakel in creating links with Royal British Legion and various International R & D authorities.