Five members of Lincolnshire Carers Partnership joined the social movement to change thousands of lives when they took part in an information session to become ‘Dementia Friends’ on Thursday, March 13.
The group attended a free one-hour session at Skegness Hospital run by local Dementia Friends Champion, Clive Yates of Lincolnshire Carers Partnership.
Dementia Friends launched in February this year to help raise awareness of the issues around dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition.
Speaking about the session, East Lindsey District Coun Fiona Brown, of Chapel St Leonard’s ward, said: “Today’s Dementia Friends session in Skegness was great and the feedback from everyone was really positive.”
“I signed up to be a Dementia Friend because I understand the impact the on-set of dementia has on families and family carers. The more information and support available, the better people can cope and continue to enjoy life,” she added.
Three members of the Alzheimer’s Support Group in Skegness also joined the training and signed up to become Dementia Friends; offering support at their monthly drop-in sessions.
Co-ordinator, Jill, advised the group that the Skegness Alzheimers Support Group, for people with dementia and their carers, meets on the first Friday of the month, from 10am-12 noon at the Methodist Church, Algitha Road, Skegness (PE25 2AJ) and that new members are always welcome.
For more information visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk to find your nearest Dementia Friends information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.
Visit www.alzheimers.org.uk to find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society.