Coventry and Warwickshire’s Dementia Action Alliance* would like to invite people living and working in Warwickshire to participate in this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, which will take place from 17th – 23rd May 2015. Dementia Awareness Week is supported nationally by the Alzheimer’s Society.

There are an estimated 7,800 people living with dementia in Warwickshire; this is predicted to increase by 30% in the next ten years. Therefore, it is likely that many people will either know someone with dementia or become affected by the illness at some point in their lives.

What could you do?

Some of the easy ways you could do to contribute to raising awareness of dementia could be, for example, displaying dementia awareness related information in a public space, distributing resources that raise awareness of dementia (we can provide those) in your local community or holding a Dementia Friends information session during a coffee morning or a regular group get together.

Becoming a Dementia Friend is about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things that can help people with the condition. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a Dementia Friend.

These are only suggestions and we invite you to be creative about your own ideas on how you could get involved.

You would not be expected to give detailed expert dementia advice to members of the public who attend your event.

Tweet about your event using the hashtag #CWDAW2015 or email Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance on dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk with a photo we could post on Twitter to promote your event to the world! (don’t forget to obtain all necessary permissions before using the image).

What are the benefits to you?

By helping us to raise awareness of dementia and how it can impact a person’s life, you are helping to improve people’s understanding of the condition and therefore – support more people with dementia, and their carers to feel confident about accessing their local community.

You could also attract new people to join your group or use your services as part of your dementia awareness raising activities. You may also be able to build up new networks with other groups in your community.

What resources / support will be available?

To support you we will provide you with some dementia awareness raising information resources (including leaflets, bookmarks, and posters), a ‘Dementia Friendly Warwickshire’ DVD and a poster to advertise your event.

Contact

If you have any questions about running an event during Dementia Awareness Week 2015 please contact us by phone (01926 742214) or email: dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

We are looking forward to hearing back from you!

* The Alliance is made up of a number of organisations working together across Coventry and Warwickshire to raise awareness of dementia and to develop dementia friendly communities.

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