Warwickshire County Council and partners are aiming to increase the number of Dementia Friends in the County to 10,000 by June 2015.

According to latest estimates, in Warwickshire there are 7,615 people living with dementia – a figure that is likely to increase to 9,000 by 2021.  Many of us will be affected in some way by dementia during our lifetimes.

Dementia Friends is an initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Society based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. This action could be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay.

You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a dementia friend.

There are three ways to becoming a Dementia Friend:

1. Attending an hour long Dementia Friends Information session. Everyone who attends a session and wants to become a Dementia Friend will get a Dementia Friends badge and information card. You can book a place by going online and visiting the national Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk

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2. Watching a short video on the Dementia Friends’ website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and leaving your details on the site so you can be sent your Dementia Friends badge and Little Book of Friendship.

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3. Groups may want to hold a group Dementia Friends Information session, perhaps as part of their regular meeting. If you would like to find out more about this please email

Dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

Dementia Friends Information Sessions provide a fantastic introduction to dementia in an hour long session. These sessions are run by volunteer Champions. Dementia Friends Champions are not experts or counsellors, but they have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Society to deliver the information sessions.

You can find details of the challenge here:

Warwickshire’s Dementia Friends Challenge 2015

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