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. Becoming a Dementia Friend is about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things we can all do to make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia. The initiative aims to change the way people think, speak and act about dementia. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a dementia friend.

In Warwickshire, there are estimated to be over 7,500 people living with dementia and this is likely to rise to over 9,000 people with dementia in the County by 2021. The fact is that most people in Warwickshire will be affected in some way by dementia during their lifetimes. To support people to live well with dementia and to raise awareness and understanding of the condition, Warwickshire County Council and partners have set a target to create 10,000 Dementia Friends by June 2015. We currently have 6,244 Dementia Friends so we really need your support to help us reach our target. Our local target will also contribute to the national target – to create 4 million Dementia Friends by 2020.

You can become a Dementia Friend through one of the following ways:

1. 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. This is the quickest and easiest way to become a Dementia Friend.

Or:

2. You can book a place on a public session by visiting the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and searching for a local session.

It is Dementia Awareness Week and also Learning at Work Week from 17-23rd May, so please show your support to people living with dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend before or during Dementia Awareness Week, or by working with us to organise a Dementia Friends session that will ideally take place before 30 June 2015.

If you have any queries or suggestions for ways to create more Dementia Friends, please contact: Claire Taylor, Health Improvement Lead, Public Health, Warwickshire County Council: clairetaylor@warwickshire.gov.uk

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