LIVERPOOL residents are invited to become ‘Dementia Friends Champions’ ahead of Dementia Action Week (May 21-May 27)
People in Liverpool are being given the opportunity to take action and unite ahead of Dementia Action Week to make a difference to the lives of local people with dementia by becoming Dementia Friends Champions. A touring Induction day is coming to The Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool on Thursday 10 May.
The day-long session, that will take place at The Quaker House on School Lane in Liverpool city centre from 10am-4pm, is part of Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends programme, which is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation acts, thinks and talks about the condition.
Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who help tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. After attending the induction day, the volunteers will deliver Dementia Friends Information Sessions across the local area in the coming months.
There are more than 2.4 million Dementia Friends in England and Wales. Alzheimer’s Society want to reach even more people so that people with dementia feel understood and included in their community. There are 4,908 people currently living with the condition in Liverpool.
Charlotte Adams, Dementia Friends Regional Officer at Alzheimer’s Society said: “Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts. We need more Dementia Friends Champions to talk to people about being a Dementia Friend in their communities. It’s easy to get involved and a nice action to take ahead of this Dementia Action Week. Dementia Friends Champions will attend an induction day, receive ongoing support and be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.”
You can become a Dementia Friend or sign up for the local Dementia Friends Champions Induction Day by visiting www.dementiafriends.org.uk. For more information about Dementia Action Week (May 21- May 27) go to alzheimers.org.uk/DAW