Dementia Friendly Watford
We are very proud of the work that Alexis and Peter are doing in our community to help make Watford a Dementia Friendly town.
They have been out in the community running Dementia Friends sessions in organisations such as the Watford and Rickmansworth Fire Services and West Herts Hospital Trust which has helped to raise awareness of dementia and help the volunteers and workers understand how they can better support those living with dementia.
As Dementia Friends Champions, Alexis and Peter have created between them 1930 dementia friends over the last 5 years and are continuing to make more.
“I think our talks with local organisations have a big impact. We get calls from so many schools, businesses and churches, who ask us to come in and explain the struggles people with dementia have and what they can do to become dementia friendly.
“We worked with the Mayor of Watford recently to open up the Dementia Café in St Mary’s Church and we’re organising a Christmas concert to raise money and awareness for the charity.”
In a Dementia Friendly Community, people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose. This will ensure that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.
Over a third of people with dementia told the Alzheimer’s Society that they have felt lonely and more than a quarter of carers said they felt ‘cut off from society’ too. People affected by dementia still have an incredible amount to offer to their community and can play an active and valuable role after diagnosis.
We all have a part to play in creating Dementia Friendly Communities but people affected by dementia have the most important role in any Dementia Friendly Community. By sharing their experiences, they ensure that communities keep the needs of people affected by dementia at the heart of everything they do.
Find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend at dementiafriendlywatford.com