Dementia Friends

Dementia friend imagePeople 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.

Derby City Dementia Service

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.

Contact Making Space or visit their website for more information on the support they offer.

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:

  • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

The Hardy Group – “Life Doesn’t End with Dementia”

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

Delirium or dementia – Try the “Delirium in Dementia Training Tool”

Delirium has similar symptoms to dementia, but is usually treatable and people with dementia are a high risk group - in some cases 10 times more likely to suffer to suffer from this condition. If not treated delirium can be fatal.

A working knowing knowledge of delirium in dementia is crucial to good care for people with dementia.

If dementia symptoms get worse rapidly, it may be delirium!

Use the link below to access the Delirium In Dementia Training Tool developed by Joined Up Care Derbyshire’s Dementia and Delirium Group. The Training Tool is for all Health, Social Care and Care staff in the statutory and independent sectors in whatever setting they work in. It may also be useful for the volunteers, friends and family who support people living with dementia.

Our aim is to provide everyone who works with people living with dementia a basic understanding of how to prevent and manage delirium in dementia. The Tool can be used in groups and staff meetings as part of a discussion of delirium, or it can be used by individuals who want to find out more about this condition.

Delirium in Dementia Awareness Training Tool

People who complete the course, which takes 30-40 mins, will be sent a certificate.

The Dementia and Delirium Group has also developed a 3 min ‘taster’ video, that picks out many of the key messages of the Training Tool, try it / share it, using this link

Dementia Training

Do you want an awareness of dementia?
Effective techniques that address the needs of people living with dementia?
Would you like to share your experiences?

We offer a Dementia Awareness in the workplace training course suitable for all carers, including in the care setting and at home, with dates running throughout the year. For more information download the information sheet.

For further information about City Council Training on Dementia, and other social care training visit the Training Services webpage or contact Adult Training Services on 01332 641229 or email

Dementia Swimming Sessions

On Thursday 13 June, Queen’s Leisure Centre will be launching their first ever Dementia Friendly swimming session.

A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean you have to stop taking part in the activities you enjoy. Swimming is a great all-round activity that is beneficial to everyone. It is particularly beneficial for people living with dementia as the sensation of being in the water can provide a calming and soothing effect. Our Dementia Friendly swimming sessions allow you to continue doing something you love, or even give you the chance to try something new, in a safe and supportive environment.

These sessions will be held every Thursday in the Teaching Pool 12pm-1pm. Carers swim for free. For more information download the Dementia Friendly Swimming Sessions poster.


Contact details

Post address:
Derby West Business Centre
Ashbourne Road
DE22 4NB
Phone: 01332 497640