A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia has got the support of a Herne Bay volunteer whose aim is to make Herne Bay a Dementia Friendly community.
Alzheimer’s Society trained Dementia Friend Champion, Charlotte Parsons, a Paralegal at Girlings Solicitors, is running a free “Dementia Friends” Information Session on 24 May 2018 at 12.45pm. The session will take between 45 – 60 minutes and will take place at Beach Creative, Beach House, Beach Street, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5PT.
Charlotte is encouraging local people to come along and find out how they can become part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme, the biggest ever initiative aimed at transforming the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.
Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Having volunteered to be a Dementia Friends Champion, Charlotte has delivered training sessions at Girlings Solicitors which is now recognised as an organisation working to become Dementia Friendly and is now delivering Dementia Friends Sessions to people in Herne Bay. She said:
“I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because it is a subject close to my heart having had relatives living with dementia. I am also a Paralegal in the Private Client team at Herne Bay and regularly meet clients whose lives have been affected by Dementia. I attended a Dementia Friend Champion training course run by the Alzheimer’s Society, receive ongoing support and I’m now proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.
There are currently 850,000 people living with the condition in England. In an Alzheimer’s Society Report: Dementia 2012, 61% of people with dementia said that they felt lonely, 44% said that they lose friends after diagnosis and 67% do not feel part of their communities. I would like to create a dementia friendly community within Herne Bay to enable people to live well with Dementia.”
Christine Sherringham, Dementia Friends Officer for South East at Alzheimer’s Society said:
“Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. It’s all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.”
If you are interested in attending the Dementia Friends Session please contact Charlotte Parsons on 01227 367355 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.