How you can become a Pendle ‘dementia friend’

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Pendle Council’s Dementia Friends Champions are inviting people to attend a Dementia Friends information session on Tuesday.

The one-hour session will take place at Nelson Baptist Chapel in Woodlands Road at 2pm.

It is part of the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends programme, an initiative launched in 2013 to help the public understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

Coun. Jennifer Purcell, Executive Councillor for Communities and Public Health, said: “It’s important we find out more about the condition and how we can all help in whatever way. The Dementia Friends initiative makes it easy for us to do that.”

Having volunteered to be Dementia Friends Champions, Pendle Council officers Kath Haydock and Gill Holden have been delivering Dementia Friends sessions to people across Pendle over recent months.

Kath said: “We signed up to be Dementia Friends Champions as we want to help the council fulfil its goal of being part of developing a dementia-friendly community in Pendle. We’re so proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.”

Anyone interested in coming along to the session on Tuesday can register online at www.dementiafriends.org.uk or by calling 661986.