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Further opportunities to become a Dementia Friends Champion

15 May 2014

Develop new skills and widening understanding of dementia

Following the success of the Dementia Friends Champion information session in March, we will be holding another session from 12-2pm on Tuesday, 20 May in Ground Floor Drum Foyer, University Place.

The University is supporting Dementia Friends, a Government-funded national initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society.

It aims to improve people's understanding of Dementia and its effects and aims to create one million Dementia Friends by 2015. A Dementia Friend is someone who attends a 50 minute information session and then turns their understanding into a practical action that could help someone with Dementia. A Dementia Friends Champion is someone who has completed one day’s training and commits to deliver information sessions for people in their personal networks or communities to create more Dementia Friends.

The University’s initiative aims to recruit at least 30 Dementia Friends Champions from the University during 2013/14. Their training will be provided by the Alzheimer’s Society. Following training, each Dementia Friends Champion will commit to deliver a small number of 50 minute lunchtime training sessions during 2014/15 to spread the message and create more Dementia Friends.

Managers are being encouraged to raise this as an opportunity for colleagues who have an interest in supporting this initiative and are looking to apply their communication and leadership skills across the University as part of their ongoing professional development.

To find out more about becoming a Dementia Champion or register for a training course, email:

For further information, see: