West Lancashire and Chorley residents invited to FREE Dementia Friends Session for Dementia Awareness Week

Gail & Jessica at Home Instead #DF24
Gail & Jessica at Home Instead #DF24

Residents of West Lancashire and Chorley can join Dementia Friends Champions as they ‘do something new’ this Dementia Awareness Week (17th to 23rd May) when they take part in the first ever 24-hour marathon of back-to-back Dementia Friends Information Sessions. 

The 24 hours of 45-minute, interactive Dementia Friends Sessions are taking place across the country, including Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley based in Ormskirk from 10am on Friday 22nd to 10am on Saturday 23rd. The day-long event will see sessions running in shops, shopping centres, libraries, cafes, gardens, offices, hospitals and police stations. It is supported localy by Home Instead and forms part of Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship awareness-raising campaign, which this year is encouraging people across the country to ‘do something new’. This is because the Alzheimer’s Society believes life doesn’t have to end when dementia begins, and new experiences can still bring joy to a person’s life, even as memories fade. 

Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer’s Society. It is a trailblazing initiative that aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. Already more than one million people have become Dementia Friends across the country.

Gail Godson Director of Home Instead and Dementia Friends Champion said: I became a Dementia Champion because I wanted to help local people and put something back of real value into our local health economy and community.

Gail goes on to say ‘Dementia can affect a person’s relationships and their connection to the world they love, leaving them feeling isolated and alone. By becoming a Dementia Friend you can help keep people connected to their lives and the people who matter most.’

For more information on this Dementia Friends Session, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk or to find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society services in West Lancashire and Chorley , call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email us at helpline@alzheimers.org.uk. For more information about Alzheimer’s Society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

Notes :

Dementia Awareness Week is Alzheimer’s Society’s annual flagship awareness-raising campaign in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes
  • Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK will have a form of dementia by 2015. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051
  • Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 Billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
  • Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk 
  • Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk


A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home