A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.
It's easy to get involved. Dementia Friends Champions will attend a induction, receive support when they need it, and be part of over 10,500 volunteer Dementia Friends Champions creating dementia friendly communities(external link) together.
“Becoming a Dementia Friend Champion has undoubtedly been one of the most positive and exciting things I've done”
Jane Gilby, Dementia Friends Champion
“My background is in adult education, and if I'm honest I can be quite critical of training sessions. This training was fantastic; I couldn't fail to be enthused. The message of Dementia Friends came across really strongly and everyone was so enthusiastic. It's a fantastic idea, and I think it will make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia. Getting the message out there that dementia is a condition, not just part of the ageing process, is so important, and I'm looking forward to being part of helping to improve people's day-to-day lives”
Jeff Williams, Hampshire
You don't need to have any particular experience or skillset to be a Dementia Friends Champion, but you do need to understand what's involved so please read the rest of the information in this section carefully.
Read on to find out more about the Champions induction