Early in the new year a call went out to Warwickshire County Council staff to encourage them to sign up as a Dementia Friend. The response so far has been really positive with many staff taking part in Dementia Friends Information Sessions, either individually or through team meetings.

Since December the number of Dementia Friends in Warwickshire has increased from 2,353 to 3,620 in March. But there is still a way to go to meet the ambitious target of 10,000 Dementia Friends in Warwickshire by June, so the continued support is needed.

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 with the condition. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a Dementia Friend.

If you would like to become a Dementia Friend it’s very easy and just requires a short time commitment. There are three ways you can get involved.

1. Attend an hour long Dementia Friends Information session. Everyone who attends a session and wants to become a Dementia Friend will get a Dementia Friends badge and information card. You can book a place by going online and visiting the national Dementia Friends website: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

2. Watch a brief 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.

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3. Groups may want to hold a group Dementia Friends Information session, perhaps as part of their regular meeting. If you would like to find out more about this please email: dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

Participants’ feedback

Here’s some feedback from those Warwickshire County Council staff who have completed their Dementia Friends Information session:

“I just wanted to thank you for coming to our Team Briefing this morning and talking to us about Dementia Friends. I personally found it really interesting, and thought you presented it extremely well”

“I didn’t get a chance to say how much I appreciated yesterday’s training session. You made it very varied and a lot of staff were talking about it through the day and said how interesting they found it. The analogy about the bookcases was very clear and thought provoking.”

“I learnt such a lot.”

For any enquiries please contact Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia Partnership at dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

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