Dementia Awareness Week 2016

Dementia Awareness Week 2016 is done and what a week it was! Dementia Friends Champions across the country were running thousands of Information Sessions, organisations were encouraging their staff to get involved and thousands of people across different communities were becoming Dementia Friends and turning their understanding into action.

Here are a few highlights from the week:

the dementia awareness session 2016 information session

These are a few of the Information Sessions held during the week at different organisations

A small selection of the organisations who got involved:

Take a look at our Dementia Friends twitter to see the full range of organisations who supported Dementia Friends during the week. 

Alzheimer’s Society is committed to building a dementia-friendly generation of young people who can help support people affected by dementia in their community. Over 1,000 young people became Dementia Friends during Dementia Awareness Week.
Young people becoming Dementia Friends

Photos from @Bedspolice, @Morgan_Suz & @MargoG11

There were so many great photos posted during the week, including the very first Dementia Friends tattoo!
the dementia awareness week 2016 dementia friends

Pictures from: @BookaholicHolly, @luci_maguire, Mimi Harker Obe, @clarethehair2, Donna Web, Glossop and Alfreton fire stations, @harvey_pix, Kalila Storey, Ian Hind, Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire Child Centre, Mary Sullivan-Aspinall, Anne Tyson-Brown

And there was even some baking done…

Pictures by @pranapanda.yoga, @dannielleflynn, and @rachel_leeson

the dementia awareness week 2016 dementia friends

Dementia Friends written out in cupcakes for Dementia Awareness Week 2016 in Bridgend by @trulyscrumptiouskitchen

Thank you for all your support during Dementia Awareness Week 2016 – together we have had a real impact on the lives of people affected by dementia. Let’s keep it going!

3 thoughts on “Dementia Awareness Week 2016

  1. Joanna Brick

    During Dementia Awareness week our carers were asked to fill out the ‘Dear Dementia….’ post it notes, in handover, with some really good responses including…
    – I may have dementia, but I am still a person, I am me!
    – I am still a person with my own likes and dislikes.
    – I may have dementia but please don’t forget my privacy and dignity.
    – You won’t stop the people who love me from coming to visit.
    It was a very thought provoking exercise and a good opportunity to raise awareness.

    1. Dementia Friends Post author

      Hi Marianne,

      Thanks for your message. When you say meetings, are you referring to Dementia Friends Information Sessions? If so, you can search for one near you using your postcode here: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBSession#.V_usudIrLcs

      Or if you are interested in volunteering as a Champion, you can search for a Champions induction near you here: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBTraining#.V_us_9IrLcs

      Best wishes,

      Dementia Friends

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