Over 1000 new Dementia Friends at Southbank University

Southbank University students becoming Dementia FriendsDuring September and October, over 1000 healthcare students at Southbank University have become Dementia Friends as part of their university induction. Those studying nursing, social work, occupational therapy, radiography, operating department practice and midwifery courses have all taken part in an Information Session to learn about dementia and some of the small ways they can help those living with dementia.

In order to create a dementia-friendly generation of healthcare professionals it is important to reach healthcare students at the start of their studies. The response from students has been very positive with one student saying “I have really benefitted from this session. I did not know much about dementia so this really helped.” Another student pledged to “be more supportive, patient and understanding with people in public who display possible signs of dementia.”

The sessions are delivered by a team of academic staff who have completed Dementia Friends Champion training. Professor Lesley Baillie is a Dementia Friends Champion and has been leading the delivery of the sessions: “We believe that ensuring all students learn the five key messages about dementia at the start of their studies is a great start, which will be built on as they learn more about dementia during their courses.”

The university plans to continue with delivering the Information Sessions to all new students and is also aiming to offer Dementia Friends sessions more widely across the University, to other students through the Student Centre and to university staff through the staff development.

If you are interested in attending a Dementia Friends Information Session, search for one near you.

4 thoughts on “Over 1000 new Dementia Friends at Southbank University

  1. Kim smith

    I logged onto your website to register as a dementia friend and was surprised to see that this is not available for Northern Ireland. Do you plan to offer this needy service in the near future?

  2. Helen Follard

    Please send me a little book of friendship. Here are my details. Mrs Helen Follard 35 St Clements House Hallam Street West Bromwich West Midlands B71 4HB

    1. Dementia Friends Post author

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for your message. In order to receive the little book of friendship all you need to do is watch the video on our website and register your details to become a Dementia Friend. You will then get sent the book and badge in the post. http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk

      Many thanks for your support.

      Kind regards, Lucien

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