British Transport Police (BTP) York officer, PC Fiona Andrews, attended the 2016 Dementia Friendly Awards earlier this week following her selection to the awards’ judging panel.
Fiona, whose work supporting vulnerable communities in the North East area first attracted attention in 2014, was invited to be a judge by the Alzheimer’s Society due to her expert knowledge of Dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as her ground breaking work with Train Operating Companies in the North East to make the railway network Dementia Friendly.
Robyn Sweeney, Dementia Friendly Programme Manager, who requested Fiona’s involvement on the judging panel after working with her on the Prime Minister’s Transport Champions Working Group said, “We felt that Fiona’s expertise would make a fantastic addition to the judging of this year’s awards’.
Fiona first met with her fellow judges at the M&S Bank Building in Chester on 15 September to judge the nominees for the ‘Dementia Friends Champion’ Award and to select an overall winner in that category. The subsequent Awards Ceremony, now in its third year, took place on Wednesday 30 November at Church House, Westminster, and were hosted by Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society and Angela Rippon, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador. A full list of nominees and winners can be found here.
Talking about how difficult it was to recognise just one person’s success, Fiona said, “I can’t tell you how honoured I was to be asked to judge the nominees at this year’s awards, particularly as I was a very nervous nominee myself at the same awards this time last year!” She continued, “The awards are really important in celebrating those working to make the UK accessible to vulnerable communities and there were some incredible nominees this year, making the job of selecting a winner very tough.”
For more information on Dementia Friendly schemes, or the work that the force has been doing in response to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Challenge with the Transport Champions Working Group, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion Department.