Our upcoming sessions...

Please bear with us whilst we upload the dates for our forthcoming sessions.  In the meantime please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk for details of your nearest sessions

What is Dementia Friends?

  • A programme led by the Alzheimer’s Society the biggest ever initiative designed to change people’s
    perception of dementia
  •  A one-off, one-hour session to learn about dementia – no further commitment is required
  •  The session is run by a trained volunteer – not a dementia expert
  • The session involves interactive games and quizzes designed to help people understand more about dementia and how it affects people 
  • Everybody is welcome, no matter their previous experience with dementia

What will I learn?

  • The basic one-hour session provides you with an overview of dementia as a whole, as well as different types of dementia
  • The session will help you understand the abilities of someone with dementia at varying stages of their disease
  • The session will help you understand how your actions, no matter how small, can make a difference to those living with dementia 
  • The session will provide you with greater confidence within daily life in dealing with dementia and other frailties

Facts about dementia...

  • There will be 1 million people with dementia in the UK by 2025
  • There are 40,000 younger people with dementia in the UK
  • Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home 
  • The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every five-year age group
  • There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK 
Statistics taken from the Alzheimer's Society website.

How can I get involved?

  • Sessions run by Colten Care will be posted on our here on our website
  • Call your local home and book onto the next session
  • Visit the Dementia Friends website to find other sessions local to you if you are unable to make the next session at your local home 

Why are Colten Care involved?

At Colten Care we have made two major commitments:

  • The first is that our team of around 1,800 employees should have access to the Dementia Friends programme. This isn’t just confined to our dedicated dementia homes - we offer the sessions to all new team members, it is our ambition that most of our team should be Dementia Friends
  • The second is that each of our 20 homes will run regular Dementia Friends sessions for the benefit of their local communities. Each of our homes will have access to a Dementia Champion who will host a session as well as arranging tea and cakes