What is a Dementia Friend?

Telling us about your dementia action

We want to use this website to capture the ways that Dementia Friends are helping to make life better for people living with dementia in their communities.

Every˜action registered on this website will help us understand what our target of one million Dementia Friends by 2015 are doing to make life better for people with dementia.

Please join us. Because, together, we can create more˜dementia friendly communities.

Read on to see if you are eligible to be a Dementia Friend. If you've already been to a Friends' information session, please log in˜and tell us about your action.

Register as a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends should come from all communities, organisations and businesses that are likely to come into contact with people living with dementia. To achieve this, the initiative will involve many partners. Any organisation can get involved by encouraging staff or volunteers to sign up for Dementia Friends Champions training, so they have one or more Dementia Friends Champion to engage Dementia Friends.

Alzheimer's Society is working with larger companies and organisations to set up training and information sessions across their staff groups. Other larger volunteering organisations will be equipped to run their own Dementia Friends programme for their volunteers.

Turning understanding into action

After the Dementia Friends' information session we want you to tell us about how you are going to turn your understanding of dementia into a practical action. You will get lots of ideas about the actions you can take at your Friends' information session, and there will be lots of other ideas on this website. You don't have to commit to doing something time-consuming. ˜Every action counts.

Dementia actions could include:

  • behaving patiently with someone showing the signs of dementia
  • spending more time with, helping or supporting a friend or relative affected by dementia
  • signposting people affected by dementia to more information and support
  • volunteering with an organisation to support people with dementia.
  • fundraising for a dementia-related cause.
  • helping your workplace to be more dementia friendly.
  • telling other people about Dementia Friends or spreading the word through social media.

"We go and do the things together that we enjoy and we work on Sue's garden together." Wendy, friend of Sue who is living with dementia.

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. From helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts.

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend and joining a national initiative that will help people living with dementia feel included in their communities, then you need to register as a Dementia Friend˜and go to one of our Friends' information sessions

Information sessions

Friends' information sessions are run by Dementia Friends Champions, who are volunteers who have taken the Dementia Friends Champions' training. Each Friends' information session ˜lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. There are information sessions running across

Please note -˜public˜Friends' information sessions (those that are open to book on this website) are only suitable for people aged under 18 if they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.˜For˜private˜sessions that are not available to book on this website, such as those run for pupils in their school, it is not necessary for under 18s to be accompanied.