Waitrose staff in Alcester joined one of the Warwickshire Dementia Friends Sessions  held in October to find out a little more about dementia and how they could help in their community and their local store.  After the session participants were invited to join members of Alcester Cafe for refreshments.

Alcester Cafe is run by volunteers from the local community and supports people with memory problems, people with dementia, their carers, family and friends. It is a free service and the cafe is open 10.30am-12.30pm Tuesdays and Fridays at Jubilee Hall. off St Faiths Road. For more information about the cafe contact Carole 01789 488088.

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 that can help people live well with dementia. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a Dementia Friend.

You can become a Dementia Friend by:

  1. Attending an hour long Dementia Friends Information session. You can book a place by visiting the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and searching for a local session, or
  2. 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, or
  3. Groups may want to hold a group Dementia Friends Information session, perhaps as part of their regular meeting. Sessions last between 45-60 minutes. Please email: dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk
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