Become a Dementia Friend
Learn more about dementia and the small
ways you can help.
What is a Dementia Friend?
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.
Whether you attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch the Alzheimer's Society online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. There are information sessions running across England and Wales.
Check our Events Calendar for upcoming Dementia Friends Information Sessions
Please note - public Dementia Friends Information Sessions (those that are open to book on this website) are only suitable for people aged under 18 if they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.
Alzheimer's Society Online Video
You can also become a Dementia Friend by watching the Alzheimer's Society online video where you will meet Alex, Teresa and Emma who are all living with dementia and learn more about what it is like to live with the condition.
Once you have watched the video you can sign up for your ‘Little Book of Friendship’, a resource pack which contains more information and tips on how we can support those living with dementia to feel a part of our communities
Turning understanding into action
After attending a Dementia Friends Information Session the Alzheiber's Society would like you to tell them about how you are going to turn your understanding of dementia into a practical action. You don't have to commit to doing something time-consuming. Every action counts.
Dementia Friends actions could include:
- Getting in touch and staying in touch with someone I know living with dementia
- Volunteering for an organisation that helps people with dementia
- Campaigning for change, eg by signing up to Alzheimer’s Society’s campaigns to improve the lives of people with dementia
- Wearing my badge and telling 5 friends about the Dementia Friends initiative
- Carrying out a personal action e.g. Be more patient when out in my community
Tell West Rainton & Leamside Dementia Steering Group about your action
West Rainton & Leamside Steering Group would love to hear about your dementia actions so that we can support you in creating further actions to influence change in our local community. If you are a Dementia Friend or Dementia Champion already and want to be more involved in supporting the village initiative please get in touch.
Tel: 07443 9122860