Sessions to raise awareness of dementia

Coun Matthew Brown
Coun Matthew Brown
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Sessions to raise awareness of dementia will be held in Preston later this month.

The sessions will be run by Preston Council as part of a campaign led by the Alzheimer’s Society.

The ‘Dementia Friends’ campaign aims to increase awareness of dementia and change the way people think, talk and act about dementia.

A ‘dementia friend’ is someone who has attended a one hour information session and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little bit better

The sessions will be held on Thursday January 30 in the council’s CitizenZone bus at Grimsargh Village Hall Car Park, Preston Road, Grimsargh.

There’s 12 places available for each session and they will run from 4pm until 5pm and 6pm until 7pm.

Counc Matthew Brown, cabinet member for community engagement and inclusion, said: “We are committed to ensure that our services become more responsive to the needs of people affected by dementia. We are training our staff to become ‘dementia friends’.

“As part of this approach we are also committed to providing regular events sessions for the community, which are free and open to everyone. Dementia is something that affects one in three people over the age of 65, so everyone should take the opportunity to learn more about it.”

To book a place at one of the sessions contact Jackie Singleton on 01772 906453.

The campaign is funded by the Department of Health and Cabinet Office.

For further information about dementia friends visit