CHURCH-GOERS have organised an event to make their village ‘more dementia-friendly’ as part of a national drive to better-understand the condition.
The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends event takes place at St Peter’s Church, in Marchington, on Sunday, March 23.
Organiser Geraldine Flavell is looking for people to attend the event, which takes place at 10am after the weekly 9.30am service.
She said: “I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion through my work with the University of Manchester.
“We decided to get involved in this initiative to get staff members in community pharmacies trained up as Dementia Friends.
“However, I would like to extend that work to other people in our own communities, because we all know someone who is living with dementia.
“It’s easy to get involved. I signed up through the website and attended a one day training course on how to deliver the sessions. I’m proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.”
It is part of Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends programme helps people understand what it is like to live with dementia. Charity bosses want a million ‘dementia friends’ by 2015 to improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition in the UK
Rev Joe Cant, Marchington’s vicar is keen to host the Dementia Friends session: “This links very well with our outreach work at St Peter’s.
“In the past couple of months we have had talks on loneliness and on working with local prisons. People living with dementia can feel just as isolated and imprisoned.”
Becky Haines, Dementia Friends regional support officer at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Dementia Friends is the perfect opportunity to be able to invite everyone up and down the country to improve their knowledge.”
Information about the initiative and how to sign up is available online at www.alzheimers.org.uk.