These are some of the main achievements of the dementia friendly communities champion group highlighted in the progress report published in May 2013. For more information read the full report.
- Since the formal launch of Dementia Friends in February 2013, over 2247 people have signed up to train as volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, with over 500 people already trained.
- Over 50 cities, towns and villages are already taking local action to become dementia friendly, more than doubling our original ambition of 20 cities, towns and villages signed up to be dementia friendly by 2015. Fifteen of these communities are now part of a pilot phase for the recognition process for dementia friendly communities.
- Alzheimer’s Society is working in partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance to establish local dementia action alliances across the country. Over 20 Local Dementia Action Alliances have been established, bringing together organisations to take responsibility for improving the lives of people with dementia and carers in their area.
- A dementia education pioneer programme was launched with 21 schools across the country, which are testing different approaches to educating children and young people about dementia. The findings from this pioneer group are being written up to be made available to all schools that wish to participate from the forthcoming autumn term.
- A nationwide campaign to raise awareness of dementia, and encourage people to visit their GP if they are worried about it, ran at the end of 2012, reaching out to over 37 million people.
Read about the next steps for the dementia friendly communities champion group.
For more details of the champion groups’ work, read the full report.