On Sunday 16th February at the 10am service, Sister Peggy Ennis will join us to speak about dementia, and will then lead a Dementia Friends Information Session in the parish hall from 11.15am, which everyone – parishioners and wider community – is most welcome to attend. The information session has been specifically developed by the Alzheimer’s Society to change people’s perception of dementia. To know more, please email Pen Garlick or call 020 8989 3100.

What is the Dementia Friends programme?

Their biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Stigma and lack of understanding cause many people with the condition to experience loneliness and social exclusion. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help, as every action counts.

What is a Dementia Friends Champion?

A Dementia Friends Champion is a trained volunteer who runs information sessions for friends, family, colleagues and the wider community. The sessions cover key messages that we want everyone to know about dementia, and help people to think what they could do to help. Dementia Friends Champions attend a volunteer induction day and then organise their own information sessions, with support from their Dementia Friends officer.

What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend is someone who either:

• attends an Information Session, or

• watches the Dementia Friends online video.

They learn five key messages about dementia and a little bit about what it is like to live with dementia. They then turn their understanding into a practical action that could help someone with dementia living in their community. Their action could be as big or as small as they choose – because every action counts!

What is an Information Session?

Run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society, each session lasts around one hour
(ours will be about 50 minutes). You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia-friendly communities.

Please join us on Sunday 16 February, at 11.15am in Christ Church parish hall, so we can work together on making Wanstead Parish a Dementia friendly community.