Alzheimer's Society wants to train people in Exeter as Dementia Friends
People in Exeter are being encouraged to become Dementia Friends as part of a new campaign by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Research by the charity found 40 per cent of people in the South West feel they have a role to play to support people with dementia in their local community, but only 55 per cent feel they have a good understanding of dementia.
Dementia Friends, an initiative launched by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to help a million people make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia. Its objective is to increase dementia awareness and change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts by recruiting Dementia Friends and Dementia Friend Champions in every community.
Debbie Donnison, the charity’s area manager in the South West, said: “People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community which is why the Dementia Friends initiative is of such importance and will help to improve the quality of life for someone living with dementia.
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“We can’t do this alone. By volunteering to become a Dementia Friends Champion you can help spread the word about Dementia Friends in your community. Join Dementia Friends today and help create more communities that are dementia friendly.”
Anyone interested will be able to find out more at Dementia Friends information sessions in Exeter at 10.30am and 1.30pm on Monday, April 8.
Dementia Friends Champions training will take place from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, April 9. All sessions will be held at the Harry Hems Centre in Longbrook Street.
People can find out more and register to attend a session at dementiafriends.org.uk.