Launched publically in December 2014, Southwark Dementia Action Alliance has a wide range of member organisations including local businesses, arts venues, leisure groups, community centres, voluntary organisations, the Council and local health bodies.

Since it started the Alliance and its members have organised a variety of events and activities aimed at enabling local people with dementia, their carers, friends and families to continue to take a full and active part in the community life of Southwark. This has included information and Dementia Friends sessions for local GPs and their receptionists, seminar on Dementia Friendly arts activities, building design and assistive technology, relaxed performances at Shakespeare’s Globe and the East Dulwich Picturehouse, visits to high street shops in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and Lordship Lane providing advice on supporting customers with dementia, stalls at local community festivals and promotion of a walking sports project in Rotherhithe.

Alongside these events has been an ongoing programme of providing free 45 minute Dementia Friends sessions all over the borough, ranging from leisure centres to technology startup companies, from tenants associations to arts venues, and from pub landlords to patient participation groups. Future plans include running Dementia Friends sessions, talks or and workshops for faith groups across the borough as well as local parks and gardens staff and volunteersIf your organisation would like us to facilitate a Dementia Friends session, talk or workshop for your organisation please get intouch. 



How Do We Work?

Members are invited to attend regular Steering Group meetings where they can share their views, ideas and experiences, have a say on the future work plan and network with other likeminded organisations. They receive regular email updates and newsletters packed with useful information and inspiration and are invited to take part in all the activities and events the SDAA organises (usually free of charge).  People with dementia and their carers are regularly consulted on the future work plan of the Alliance and their views and comments are reflected in the priorities chosen and activities undertaken.  Organisations interested in joining or just keeping in touch are welcome join our general emailing list by contacting our Co-ordinator at