People living with dementia get by with a little help from their friends. And anybody can become a Dementia Friend. It's just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.
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 to do so. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it's like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. This could be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay. Every action counts.
Being a Dementia Friend isn't about volunteering or fundraising (though you can do that too if you want).
For information about the Dementia Friends initiative including how to get involved, or to find a Dementia Friend information session near you please have a look on the Dementia Friend website.
Done the Dementia Friend Briefing and want to find out more? Between 21st May and 6 July 2018 you can try this free, online Derby University Course, to find out more about dementia and supporting people to manage the challenges people face living with the condition. For more details visit the Derby University website.
If you live in the Derby City area and you, or a member of your family, or a person you care for, experience the symptoms of dementia, then Making Space can support you to live an active and fulfilled life.
Making Space have a clear vision - that you have the right to continue doing what you have always done, for as long as possible.
Alternatively you can contact the Alzheimer's Society's National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 for information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations. The helpline is usually open:
The Hardy Group is centred on Derby and its surrounding areas and is a thriving group of people living with dementia, current and past carers who through their own experiences support each other along their journey with dementia.
The group has a very wide age range from the under 60’s to the over 90’s!
They hold light-hearted social meetings and organise trips out to help all our members stay socially, physically and mentally active so that they can (and do!) live well with dementia. For more information visit the Hardy Group website.