What is a Dementia Friendly Community?

People with dementia often find everyday things we all take for granted much more difficult, like enjoying hobbies, going shopping or getting money from the bank. By becoming more informed and making small changes, local communities can really make a difference. 

The Dementia Friendly Community initiative will work to:

  • build general dementia awareness in the community
  • develop a Dementia Friendly shopping area involving local traders and retailers
  • establish a network of Dementia Awareness trainers throughout the statutory, private and third sector partners in the area
  • support individuals and organisation to pledge service improvements and enhancements which could improve the quality of life for those living in the area.

Given the expected increase in the number of people with dementia over the next twenty years, especially those with mild to moderate dementia, creating dementia friendly communities that support and sustain people in their homes, neighbourhoods and social networks is an important element of the work which is being undertaken to address the challenges of an ageing population.  

The work is being taken forward in a community planning approach, involving a cross-sector collaborative with the support and input of statutory, third and independent sector organisations.