Volunteer to help those with dementia

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An information session for people concerned about dementia is being held by a voluntary group next month.

Dementia Friends is an initiative that was set up in 2013 to help increase public awareness of the illness and the impact it has on sufferers and their families.

Around 670,000 people in the UK are believed to be living with the condition.

The session will take place at St Mary’s in the Wood Church on Commercial Street at 2.15pm on Friday April 17, where members of the public are invited to become a Dementia Friends Champion.

Clive Barwell, who is co-organising the sessions, said: “I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I wanted to help others know more about dementia and share the knowledge I have learned since working with the Alzheimer’s Society.

“It’s easy to get involved. I signed up through the website and attended a one day training course on how to deliver the sessions.

I’m so proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.

Clive Barwell, co-organiser

“I’m so proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.”

The Dementia Friends initiative is affiliated to the Alzheimer’s Society, and has already achieved its aim of having one million members by 2015.

To book your place at the session call Gwen on 0113 231 1727.