Visitors: become a Dementia Friend
People with dementia get by with a little help from their friends. And anybody can become a Dementia Friend. It’s just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.
Our current production Visitors by Barney Norris tells the story of a family falling apart. Edie’s mind is slowly unraveling, Stephen can’t afford to put his mother into care, and Arthur can’t afford to stop working and look after his wife.
Inspired by Visitors we’re hosting a Dementia Friends Session on Saturday 3 January at 5pm that will be led by the Alzheimer’s Society. The session will take about 45 minutes and is completely free to attend. If you would like to come along simply fill in the form at the bottom of this page.
What is Dementia Friends?
Dementia Friends aims to give people a better understanding of dementia and the small things we can all do to make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia. Dementia Friends is led by the Alzheimer’s Society and is one strand of its work to create Dementia Friendly Communities. By attending a Dementia Friends Information Session you have the opportunity to join this national social action movement to change the way people think, speak and act about dementia.
What to expect from the Information Session
Information Sessions are led by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions. Each session cover 5 things everyone should know about dementia through some fun activities. At the end of an Information Session participants have the opportunity to turn their understanding into action by committing to a dementia friendly action. No action is too big or small – from wearing a Dementia Friends badge to spreading the word on social media.
Everyone who has attended an Information Session and has committed to an action becomes a Dementia Friend and will receive a badge and info card.