People with dementia get by with a little help from their friends, and anybody can become a Dementia Friend. It’s all about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.
We’re proud to be a dementia friendly council. So far more than 140 of our staff members have become Dementia Friends, helping to promote understanding of the illness.
Both frontline and back-office staff have undertaken training so they can recognise the small things that can make a big difference to people living with the condition in our community.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society led initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Cabinet Office. It aims to increase dementia awareness, changing the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about dementia.
People with dementia want to carry on going about their daily lives and feeling included in their local community, but they sometimes need a helping hand. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it's like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. This might be by helping someone to find the right bus, or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay.
More information on how to become a Dementia Friend can be found on their website.
The Council has its own Dementia Friends champion, Beverley McMillan. Beverley is a council housing support worker who has been running information sessions, with those attending becoming a Dementia Friend. This is part of the council’s pledge to the Dementia Action Alliance.
Champions have been going out into their communities and organising sessions in workplaces to spread the message, helping local people, businesses and groups to understand dementia.
Beverley, a Council housing support worker, said: "Our aim is that most of our frontline staff are dementia aware. We believe that by having an understanding of dementia will really benefit the community.”
More information on how you can become a Dementia Friends Champion can be found on their website.
NHS working age dementia team
Contact the NHS working age dementia team if you live in Nottinghamshire and are under 65, with a diagnosis of dementia.
Support sessions run at various times and locations across the county, including peer support groups.
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Events in our area
Memory loss support groups
The Alzheimer’s Society Nottinghamshire
People affected by dementia can contact the Alzheimer’s Society Nottinghamshire to access their Dementia Support Service in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. They provide support, information and guidance over the phone, by email and in writing.
They are also running some virtual activities including virtual carer’s groups, dementia cafés and Singing for the Brain groups.
The Dementia Connect support line is also open Wednesday 9am to 8pm, Thursday and Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm at 0333 150 3456.