Dementia Friendly Communities

Enhancing skills and knowledge

There are a range of ways in which you can enhance your skills and knowledge about dementia.

These include:


Dementia eLearning is offered by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). This can be accessed by anyone with an interest in dementia and is made up of seven modules, which are available on-line and so can be completed at any time to suit people, and are available free of charge.

Face to face training

Warwickshire County Council commission dementia awareness training for frontline workers to enhance their knowledge of dementia and also their skills.

These free, half-day workshops are aimed at those working in front-line community, health and social care organisations, and businesses in Warwickshire who may come into contact with people living with dementia, or their carers, as part of their day to day service provision (e.g. staff working in arts venues, general practices, pharmacies, libraries, leisure centres, environmental health and housing officers, etc.) Sessions will also contribute to enhancing the skills of frontline workers in Making Every Contact Count (MECC).

Warwickshire County Council, through Public Health,  have some funding available to offer a limited number of whole group/team dementia awareness training sessions and  invite organisations / groups to submit  expressions of interest. Courses are available until end February 2017. In summary, WCC will cover the trainer costs while the host group / organisation are asked to arrange and pay for the venue, ensure sufficient participants (8-20 people), arrange refreshments and provide equipment.

If you wish to host a 3 hour course, please contact Vivien Mershon, Warwickshire County Council learning and Development by email: vivienmershon@warwickshire.gov.uk

You will be sent an expression of interest form with further details.


How to help people with dementia: A guide for customer-facing staff is available to download or order from the Alzheimer’s Society.

Library Catalogue – Browse Books on Prescription for Dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia is part of the national Books on Prescription service and is a collection of 25 recommended titles for people who have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to find out more information. There are four categories; Information and Advice, Living Well with Dementia, Support for relatives and carers and Personal Stories.

Anyone can borrow the books, and they are available for GPs and health professionals to ‘prescribe’ or recommend.

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