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Bid to train 200 dementia friends during Dementia Action Week 2018

Dementia Friends gather at The Forum in Norwich for National Dementia Week. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Dementia Friends gather at The Forum in Norwich for National Dementia Week. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

An ambitious bid to train 200 people as dementia friends in just seven days has been launched to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

Dementia Friends gather at The Forum in Norwich for National Dementia Week. Chief executive of AgeUK Norwich & chairman of Dementia Action Alliance Norwich Susan Ringwood. Picture : ANTONY KELLYDementia Friends gather at The Forum in Norwich for National Dementia Week. Chief executive of AgeUK Norwich & chairman of Dementia Action Alliance Norwich Susan Ringwood. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The Norwich Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) has set the challenge and Dementia Friends training will be available throughout next week alongside a jam-packed programme of events.

It kicks off in Castle Mall on Monday, with dementia friendly ping-pong, zumba, and a session run by group Friend in Deed which brings together different generations.

On Tuesday, the Marion Road Day Centre will be running taster sessions. While at Riverside Leisure Centre staff will help people take part in chair-based activities and have a health check.

Zumba will again run from 1pm to 1.30pm, and at the Millennium Library, in the Forum, dementia books and literature will be on show.

Wednesday will see drop in sessions available with Admiral Nurses, who have specialist dementia knowledge. And a reminiscence display aims to jog the memory of those living with dementia.

On Thursday, Age UK Norwich will run a dementia communication workshop at 11am and 2pm.

Every day there will be an opportunity to become a dementia friend, starting around 11am.

Plus experts in dementia will be on hand to answer any questions along with various information stands.

Susan Ringwood, chief executive of Age UK Norwich and chairwoman of Norwich DAA, said: “This event is an opportunity for everyone from various initiatives to showcase best practice and services, share information, support and advice particularly to those who are affected by dementia. We hope to create at least 200 Dementia Friends during the event.”

The DAA has an ambition to create 7,000 dementia friends by 2020.

Ms Ringwood added: “The more dementia friends we have, the more positive impact we can do in the city. This event itself is a testament of how significant it is for various establishments in the city to work together in partnership and its positive impact in the wider community.”

Most events can be found on level one of Castle Mall, in the Kastle Kids unit opposite Pound World. For more information, contact Marie Lucas on 01603 496381 or marie.lucas@ageuknorwich.org.uk


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