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.
Contact email@example.com or call 01623 403278 for more information.
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.
Bridge Community Centre Memory Café
A friendly weekly memory café every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm at the Bridge Community Centre, in Newark (NG24 2DP).
Enjoy activities, chats with trained volunteers and refreshments.
Contact Pam Hall on 07949 119636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornwater Evergreens Memory Club
A weekly club for residents in Rainworth, Blidworth and Ravenshead offering activities, services and friendship for older people. Transport can be arranged.
For more information contact Melissa Blyth on 01623 491159 or visit cornwaterevergreens.co.uk.
For older people worried about their memory or with a diagnosis of dementia, families and carers, or anyone who is feeling lonely in Tuxford and surrounding area. Also open to people in Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood.
There are a variety of activities, a light lunch and coffee, tea and biscuits. Members without a carer must be able to look after themselves. £5 charge for lunch, refreshments and activities. The venues have level access and meetings are on the ground floor. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets and induction/hearing loop systems
Meetings are held Tuesdays and Fridays from 12pm to 3.30pm at the Beeches Community Centre, Tuxford (NG22 0NG). Contact Beverley Pottinger on email@example.com for more information.
Lancaster Grange Memory Café
A friendly monthly memory café at Lancaster Grange Care Home, open to all. Chat, activities and light refreshments.
The memory café is held on the last Friday of the month from 10am to 12pm at Lancaster Grange, Fernwood (NG24 3NH).
Music and Memory Nottingham
Singing group for people with dementia and their carers, all welcome. Meets Mondays 10.15am to 11.45am at Rehearsal Hall, Department of Music, Lakeside Arts, University Arts, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newark Dementia Carers Group
The Council has worked closely with Newark Dementia Carers Group to help support and develop the activities it offers its members.
The group, which is chaired by Ken Daubney, offers a respite from the social isolation felt by carers looking after someone suffering from the illness. The group meets on the last Tuesday of every month, from 10am to midday, at Flowserve Works Sports and Social Club, Balderton (NG24 3BU). It’s a safe, non-judgemental space where members can share, listen and be listened to. Activities include boccia, crafts, singing, organised days out and tea dances.
Find out more on the Newark Dementia Carers Group website or contact Ken Daubney via email at email@example.com or by calling 01636 702 577.
Ollerton Memory Café
For people affected by alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in Ollerton and the surrounding villages. The group offers a friendly, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. There is a varied programme of activities including arts and crafts, boccia, games, quizzes and music.
Meetings are on the fourth Monday of every month, from 1pm to 3pm at the Oasis Café, Lifespring Centre, New Ollerton (NG22 9PP). For more information contact Terry Bell on 01623 862478 or 07973 982716.
Singing for Memory
For one hour each month, members of Newark Dementia Carers Group and residents of Gladstone House have a sing along together. The sessions feature songs from the 60s, music hall tunes, jazz, camp fire songs and other well-known family favourites.
The initiative is organised by Ken Daubney who chairs the Newark Dementia Carers Group. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in.
Singing for Memory takes place on the second Friday of each month at Gladstone House (NG24 4HF) in Newark (next to the Leisure Centre). Entrance is free with a donation towards refreshments.