HWNL Dementia Friends
Healthwatch North Lincolnshire hosted a Dementia Friends workshop in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society. Volunteers, members of the public and community groups attended the event to learn more about dementia, raise awareness, and how they can support people to live well with dementia. Currently over 500,000 people across the UK have signed up to be Dementia Friends.
Claire Hebron, Dementia Support Worker explains more about the national Dementia Friend campaign: “Dementia Friends is a social action movement – to increase understanding and inspire people to take action. It is funded by the Department of Health for England and the Cabinet office. It is led by the Alzheimer’s Society as a strand of its work to create Dementia Friendly Communities. Our target is to reach one million Dementia Friends by 2015.”
Annabel Tindale, Marketing Assistant at Healthwatch North Lincolnshire commented: “Healthwatch North Lincolnshire is delighted to host this event in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society. We’ve had a great turnout from members of our local community and hope they now feel confident recognising the early signs of dementia, breaking down the stigma around dementia and how they can support people to live well with dementia.”
All attendees signed up to being a Dementia Friend at the end of the workshop.
Comments from people attending the event:
“This session has helped me understand dementia further and helped me become more aware of the signs, thank you.” - Shahina Khan.
“This session has helped me understand the role of being a dementia friend – it has been great.” – Bushra Khan.
Healthwatch North Lincolnshire hosted the workshop based on some recent research carried out in the BME community. The report concluded that more work needs to be done in the local BME community to raise awareness of dementia and breaking the stigma around dementia. You can read the full report via the download link below.