The session, led by the leading housing provider’s community investment project officer Cherry Shagan, who is also a Dementia Friends Champion, encouraged attendees to carry out a range of activities to help create a more dementia-friendly community.
Positive action for Dementia Friends
Participants in the workshop were given a general introduction to dementia and what it is like to live with the condition, before taking part in a discussion around turning that understanding into positive action.
Kath Horner, chair of Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance, commented: “The National Dementia Declaration for England (2010) identified that people with dementia want to be part of communities that empower them to feel valued, understood and part of community and civic life.
“In Sheffield we want to establish communities that are dementia-friendly, increase awareness and reduce the stigma that is attached to dementia. Sessions like this help put this into action.”
An Alzheimer’s Society initiative, Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things that could make a difference to the lives of others. To get involved with Dementia Friends or find out more visit the website https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk.