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What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended a face-to-face Information Session. They will have learnt a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turned that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

Who can be a Dementia Friend?

Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities!

How do I become a Dementia Friend?

If in England & Wales you can become a Dementia Friend by attending a face-to-face Information Session.

To register for a Session you’ll need to create an account on the Dementia Friends website.  After logging in you can then search for a Session near you and book on to one.

England only: those in England can alternatively become a Dementia Friend by watching our online video and registering for their Dementia Friends pack.

Scotland: to become a Dementia Friend in Scotland, you need to head to the Dementia Friends Scotland website. There you can register for a face-to-face Information Session or watch the online video.

Northern Ireland: To find out more about Dementia Friends in Northern Ireland, please contact your local Alzheimer’s Society office.

Please note: If you can no longer attend a Dementia Friends Information Session, you should cancel your space so that you are no longer expected at the Session.

To do this, log in to your Dementia Friends account and click ‘Unregister’ next to the Information Session details.

I am / my child is under 18. Can I / they become a Dementia Friend?

Anyone of any age can become a Dementia Friend and we want young people and school pupils to get involved either through their school, community groups or family and friends.

Young people are welcome to book on to a public Dementia Friends Information Session through the Dementia Friends website. They are then welcome to attend, as long as they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.

What happens after I have booked on a Dementia Friends Information Session?

Once you have registered for a Session, you will receive automatic confirmation of your booking.

What happens if the Information Session is cancelled?

Occasionally, there may be times where the Dementia Friends Champion needs to cancel their Information Session, for example, due to sickness.  In this case, you will receive an email alerting you to the cancellation. You can then book onto the next available Session in your area.

What will happen at a Dementia Friends Information Session?

Dementia Friends Information Sessions last approximately one hour  & 30 minutes and are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who organise these Sessions with support from the Dementia Friends team.