Staff and partners of Breens Solicitors in Southport became ‘Dementia Friends’ recently, as part of a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around the condition.
The firm attended a free one-hour Information Session at the Ramada Hotel run by local Dementia Friends Champion and Breens’ Private Client Solicitor, Faye Lowery.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. The charity wants there to be a four million Dementia Friends with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.
There are currently 850,000 people living with the condition in England.
Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who talk to people about being a Dementia Friend in their communities. Speaking about the Session, Faye said: “I was so pleased to see people showing their support for people with dementia, by coming along to the session and becoming Dementia Friends. We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included.”
Faye signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion earlier this year and attended a one day training course on how to deliver the Sessions. She continued: “I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because as a solicitor dealing with lasting powers of attorney, I know only too well how a diagnosis of dementia can impact on individuals and their families. I’m so proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.”
Look out for further dementia friendly sessions or watch the online video. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help so please get involved.
Anyone interested in supporting the campaign should contact Faye on 01704 532890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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