About Dementia Friends
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. Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions (for our Plymouth service centre, this is Rebecca O'Donovan), who are trained and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Rebecca will carry out further information sessions with any new starters who join the team.
Our colleagues at our Plymouth community equipment and wheelchair services have all attended a Dementia Friends session held by Rebecca. We have recently joined forces with Dementia Action Alliance, an organisation which has over 150 national organisations across England who connect, share best practice and take action against dementia. They will continue to support our Plymouth team in becoming more dementia friendly.
Within the Plymouth locality, there are lots of different groups and useful organisations: Caring for Carers Provides practical support to carers through quality information, training and social opportunities Age UK The country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.
Out and about
Moments Café Travel back in time to the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s with coffee, cakes and good food, and information and support on site. 69a New George Street, Plymouth. Plymouth Arts Centre Dementia Friendly films held monthly. Venton Centre Memory Café Held on the last Thursday of each month, 2:00 to 4:00pm. Astor Drive, Mount Gould, Plymouth. Rotary Club of Roborough Memory Café Held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, 10.20am to 12 noon. Woolwell Centre, Darklake Lane, Woolwell, Plymouth.
Adding value to the community
Rebecca is going the extra mile and taking her knowledge out into the community in her own time. She has recently completed an information session for the local Scout group and their leaders. We have leaflets available in our Plymouth service centre for anybody looking for more information. Just pop in and say hello.