What is Dementia Friends?
Dementia Friends is a national programme of free 45 minute information sessions where members of the public can find out a bit more about dementia, how it can affect people and how they can help them continue to play an active part in their local community. At the end of this session they become Dementia Friends by agreeing to undertake one action in support of people with dementia and their carers which they choose themselves. This could be resolving to spend a bit more time with a friend or relative with dementia, being a bit more patient when they come into contact with a person with dementia in a shop or encouraging friends or colleagues to attend a Dementia Friends session.
Southwark Dementia Action Alliance runs regular Dementia Friends sessions around the borough facilitated by a dedicated team of local volunteers who have complete a free one day induction to become Dementia Friends Champions. Dementia Friends sessions can be added on to the beginning or end of staff meeting or volunteer training event and no special equipment or facilities are necessary. If you would like to arrange a Dementia Friends session for your organisation or group please contact the Southwark DAA at firstname.lastname@example.org
For general information about the Dementia Friends programme or to find out more about becoming a Dementia Friends Champion please check out the website at www.dementiafriends.org.uk