A groundbreaking scheme to raise awareness and understanding of dementia is winging its way to Central Bedfordshire.
The Dementia Friends initiative, run by national charity Alzheimer’s Society, aims to improve public knowledge of dementia by helping people understand what living with the condition might be like, and the small things they could to make a difference to people living in their community.
This could be something as simple as being able to recognise someone with dementia and help them get on the right bus.
Locally we are on the lookout for people to volunteers as Dementia Friends. Anyone of any age can become one and there are lots of reasons why you might want to volunteer.
Perhaps you have a job that means you might have contact with people who you think might have dementia, at public contact points, meetings or directly supporting? Or maybe you want to learn more about the condition so you can better understand the needs of family members, a friend or neighbour? Whatever the reason, you’ll be making a difference.
Sue Wilson, Bedfordshire Dementia Friend Champion, said: "Raising awareness and reducing the stigma of dementia is vitally important, not only to support the one in three people who will have dementia at some point in their lives, but to make the lives of those who care for them less stressful. We owe it to our parents, ourselves and our children to know enough and to care enough".
If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend and joining thousands of others up and down the country, then you’ll need to register online and then attend a ‘Dementia Friends Information Session’.
Each session lasts about an hour, and you’ll learn much more about how you can help create a dementia friendly community where you live.
For more information or to book online visit the Dementia Friends website at www.dementiafriends.org.uk/session .
The web site also has details of additional courses that are also being offered.