Members of Diverse Cymru’s Co-Creating Healthy Change Project were able to find out more about dementia and how this disease affects people in a special ‘Dementia Friends Information Session’ at Butetown Community Centre recently.
The session was presented by Nazia Azad, BAME Information Worker from the Alzheimer’s Society as part of the organisation’s biggest ever initiative to change people’s perception of dementia, a disease which touches the lives of millions of people across the UK.
“Thanks Diverse Cymru for delivering a friendly and accessible course sharing awareness of dementia, its effects and the help and support available!”
Through the interactive ‘Dementia Friends Information Session’, attendees were able to find out about the small things we can do to make a difference to those affected by dementia in our communities. They were also able to find out about local support services available to people with dementia and their families.
The session had been suggested by members of the Co-Creating Healthy Change Project which encourages people from diverse backgrounds to have their say on health, well-being and social care services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
The project was also delighted to see some new faces at the session.
“This will definitely help me towards the awareness presentations that I do in my community”
Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. It aims to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people with dementia feel understood and included.
Nazia invited those at the session to think about how they could take this forward by thinking about one thing that they could do make life better for someone living with dementia. This could be anything from deciding to be more patient with people who have or might have dementia when they are queuing to pay in shops, to telling 5 friends about Dementia Friends, to becoming a Dementia Friends Champion.
“The delivery of the session was exceptional. Engaging and clear. The participants were all happy with the flow of the session. The Bookshelf example and the ’line game’ are definitely examples I will be taking away to use in my area of work”
You can find out more about the Dementia Friends at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.
Find out more about Alzheimer’s Society: www.alzheimers.org.uk
Nazia Azad, BAME Information Worker, South East Wales Locality, Alzheimer’s Society
Tel 029 2043 4960 | Email email@example.com
Wales Dementia Helpline: 0808 808 2235
National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122
If you would like to find out more about the Co-Creating Healthy Change Project at Diverse Cymru please contact:
Shelagh Maher | Tel 029 2036 8888 ext 255 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org