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Channel 4 Features Virtual Dementia Tour

In partnership with Training 2 Care, Community Integrated Care are proud to be part of this amazing programme, supporting the filming of the series by putting celebrity guests through the experience to help them gain a greater understanding of the condition.

The Channel 4 series ‘The Restaurant that Makes Mistakes’ follows 14 people with dementia who, under the guidance of Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton, have been put in charge of running a restaurant.

This ground-breaking new series, the UK’s first ever restaurant staffed by people living with dementia, opens its doors to celebrities, critics and members of the public with the aim of reducing stigma around the condition in the workplace.

The celebrity guests, who included film star Hugh Bonneville, Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and Paul Knops from Love Island, were taken through a sensory experience that helped them walk in the shoes of a person living with dementia.

Community Integrated Care use the simulator experience to give participants a greater insight and understanding of the condition. The charity has used this experience to bring together colleagues, family members, housing partners, local healthcare professionals and commissioners, with the aim of influencing how they interact and support a person with dementia.

Hugh Bonneville, star of Downton Abbey, commented: “Everyone has to take the Virtual Dementia Tour, it is such a powerful experience and opens your eyes to what it could be like to live with dementia.”

Mark Adams, Community Integrated Care’s Chief Executive, says: “We are proud to be able to partner with Training 2 Care to be a part of “The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes” series on Channel 4. This was one of the most powerful training exercises I’ve seen throughout my career. The response from the celebrity guests has been incredible. It really does give a shift in perspective that will no doubt improve the way we all view dementia going forward.”

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