I wanted to take part in the Virtual Dementia Tour because I’ve met a lot of people who are living with Dementia through attending Singing for the Brain sessions, and I thought it would help me understand the condition better and understand what challenges those people are facing on a daily basis.
It was an amazing experience and I’m really glad I did it.
I was born and brought up in Luton, and I had always thought of the police as an interesting career. I wasn’t sure if it would be right for me because I was aware that not many people from ethnic backgrounds worked in policing. I was also aware of some of the more negative media stories that had circulated about the police over the years.
Because I lived in the local community, I thought I would be able to add value to Bedfordshire Police because I had an understanding of the area and its diverse communities.
Sgt Phil Boyd has been with Bedfordshire Police for 6 years after joining Durham Constabulary in 2003 and transferring in 2010. For the past few weeks he has been attending ‘Singing for the Brain’ sessions, run by the Alzheimer’s Society. He explains why he’s been attending, and how he hopes it will make a difference…
I first heard about ‘Singing for the Brain’ at a Dementia Champions Forum organised by our Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred, who leads on mental health for the force. We have been holding these, as well as Dementia Friends sessions, pretty regularly over the past year and we encourage people to attend because dementia is such a complex illness, and it’s important that everyone across the force has some understanding of it.