Have you signed up to be a Dementia Friend?

Published on: Monday, 01-December-2014

Knowsley Council is supporting the next phase of the Dementia Friends campaign, organised by Alzheimer’s Society and Public Health England.

The latest phase of the campaign, which commences on 1 December, aims to make life a little easier for people with dementia, and their families by giving people a greater understanding of dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference to people living with the condition.

There are a number of ways that people can become a Dementia Friend including watching a short video online or attending a 45 minute face to face ‘awareness session’ run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions.

Becoming a Dementia Friend does not involve raising money for charity or donating your time on a regular basis. Simply Dementia Friends remember what they have learned and put it into practice when they meet someone who might need their help, whether this is through their work or in their day-to-day life.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley, said “You may live with someone or know someone who has dementia.  It is only by understanding the issues that people living with dementia face can we fully appreciate the challenges they have to overcome on a daily basis.”

“Through this campaign and by signing up to be a Dementia Friend, you are playing a crucial role in helping us take one step closer to creating a dementia-friendly society.”

If you would like to find out more, or sign up, please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk