Sinéad has worked in the dementia field for over 16 years and is a founder of Ireland’s first Alzheimer Café. She is a graduate of Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and Georgetown University. She has a diploma in person-centred dementia care from the University of Surrey and has a degree in psychology from University College Dublin.
Communications and Business Development Executive
Stephen joined the Engaging Dementia team in 2019. He has been a teacher for 17 years with excellent organisational skills, and experience in event management and group facilitation. Previously, for 8 years, he worked as a Centre Manager for an English Language School, coordinating the programme and activities and the operations of the centre. He was a committee member of the Make-A-Wish Crystal Ball in 2019. He has qualifications in Sports Management and Charity, Fundraising and Sponsorship Event Management.
Anita joined the Engaging Dementia team in 2018 after moving to Ireland from Hungary having also previously lived in London. She has a Masters in Philosophy from Eötvös Lóránd University and several years’ experience working in accounts.
Our Sonas Programme Tutors
Sarah is an Activity Coordinator and has been a Sonas Programme Tutor with Engaging Dementia since 2009. She has a diploma in person-centred dementia care from the University of Surrey.
Harry has worked with people living with dementia for over ten years. He has been a Sonas Programme Tutor since 2009.
Harry facilitates weekly Sonas sessions in his workplace as well as training people in the Sonas Programme for Engaging Dementia. He has seen the great benefits for residents in communication using the five senses as part of Sonas sessions and finds it exceptionally rewarding seeing the positive responses from the residents to these sessions.
Margot Banville Hogan is a Community Employment Supervisor, managing the training and development of a team of 26. She has a diploma in person-centred dementia care from the University of Surrey and has been a Sonas Programme Tutor Since 2009.
Margot believes that training in the Sonas Programme can enrich the quality and enjoyment of other activities, as the use of structure and repetition is so important to people with dementia. She has learnt that residents with dementia can still learn new material and retain it and this is very obvious in their participation in the Sonas sessions.
Marissa Butler McCarthy
Marissa has been a Sonas Programme tutor since 2009 and also leads our Licence Renewal Training Days. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Limerick and an MSc in Nursing Practice (Dementia) from Dublin City University.