We're the first national museums service to take part in the initiative, which is led by the Alzheimer's Society. Those living with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community, so Dementia Friends sessions give participants an understanding of dementia and the small things people can do to make a difference.
More than 200 members of our staff have taken part, and the fantastic news is that anyone can be a Dementia Friend. In fact, the aim is to create a network of a million Dementia Friends across England by 2015, so get involved!
It's estimated that more than 800,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK, and 550,000 people are acting as primary carers. National Museums Liverpool has been providing its own House of Memories dementia awareness training at the Museum of Liverpool since 2012, working with people in the health and social care sector to inform practice, help transform relationships and enhance the wellbeing of people living with dementia.
It’s hugely important we show visitors that our venues are places they can come and feel safe in a community that understands and supports their needs. National Museums Liverpool has over a decade of experience working with older people, and we’ll never stop building on this. Becoming Dementia Friends is a great way of demonstrating our commitment to creating dementia-friendly communities
The Dementia Friends symbol is a Forget-me-not, and staff who have taken part in the sessions are looking forward to wearing their Forget-me-not badges with pride.
Thanks must go to Dementia Champion Andy Tysoe for running the sessions, whose time was donated by the Countess of Chester Hospital and West Cheshire and Chester Council.