What is a Dementia Friend?

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What is a Dementia Friend?

Churches Together in Luton are currently arranging a series of sessions called “Dementia Friends”, part of  a national dementia awareness raising campaign. Dates and times will follow shortly but we would encourage you to come along and bring people with you to help people with Dementia.

This national campaign has already been delivered to 2 million people, with the intention that these people then have a better understanding of how dementia may affect a person and how we can support people living with dementia and their families to create a more inclusive society that will help reduce the feeling of social isolation that many of them currently experience.

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch the Alzheimer’s Society’s online video,  Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we want school children and young people to be involved, as well as older people.

You don’t need any previous experience or knowledge of dementia to be a Dementia Friend. You do need to want to know a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into something that could make a difference to people with dementia living in your community.

Please join us. Because, together, we can create more dementia friendly communities.

Information Sessions Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.

It is our hope that people who attend these sessions feel inspired to either make their existing community events such as coffee mornings as welcoming of people living with dementia and their families or even set up new services.

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