Council aim to recruit 10,000 Dementia Friends in Warwickshire

The Dementia Friends initiative is led by the Alzheimer's Society
The Dementia Friends initiative is led by the Alzheimer's Society

The county council is hoping to sign up 10,000 Dementia Friends by June this year.

There are 7,615 people living with dementia currently living in Warwickshire according to the latest figures.

Warwickshire County Council wants to create a more dementia-friendly community and help people living with the condition.

Dementia Friends is an initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Society based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with extra help from other people.

Dr John Linnane, director of Public Health Warwickshire, who has recently become a dementia friend at a face-to-face session, said: “I can think of no better resolution for the New Year than becoming a dementia friend and helping Warwickshire become a county that is recognised for helping its residents with dementia to live as well with their illness as they can.”

Cllr Maggie O’Rourke, chairman of the Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “There are small things that we can all do that will make life easier for people living with dementia.

“By becoming a Dementia Friend and understanding how the condition effects people, they can realise what a huge difference that they can make.”

To become a Dementia Friend, or for more information, go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk/Home