Dementia Friendly Abingdon is a volunteer initiative under the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friendly Communities scheme, to raise understanding of dementia and promote dementia friendly practice throughout the town. The small steering group aims to make the town more supportive of people affected by mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia, including their carers.
Whilst we hope to help those with dementia and MCI we do not do this directly, but by helping other individuals and organisations who have contact with the public to have more understanding when dealing with those living with dementia. The main ways we are doing this is by raising awareness of dementia and sources of support, primarily by holding information sessions with groups of individuals and organisations eg staff in cafés, shops, care homes, police, fire service, banks etc. as well as young people eg guides.
The sessions are run by a volunteer trained by the Alzheimer Society and those attending have the option of registering as a Dementia Friend with Alzheimer's Society. If you would like to find out about a dementia information session for your work colleagues or members of a club or society you belong to, or perhaps just a group of friends, please do get in touch.
In addition, we coordinate a small café/coffee group of people living with dementia and their carers who meet on a Friday morning, 10.30-11.30am. New members are very welcome.
When we meet
The Steering Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month and would value additional members.
Those providing the Dementia Awareness Sessions have had training from the the Alzheimer's Society.