This week is Dementia Action Week and we’re being asked to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia.

Will to Give is looking at what it means to be a dementia-friendly community in Northern Ireland.

Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia-friendly communities programme encourages everyone to share responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

It’s about –

Making your community more dementia friendly – by providing information advice and resources on how to do this.

Making organisations more dementia friendly – this includes all organisations from the corner shop or local hairdresser to large chain supermarkets.

Creating a dementia-friendly generation – educating people aged 5-25 about dementia and how they can support social action in their own communities.

The Alzheimer’s Society Roadshow – which brings expert dementia advice, information and support directly to you.

Training and consultancy – which includes tailored dementia training and consultancy services across all sectors, delivered by specially-trained experts at an affordable price.

Dementia Friendly Awards – recognising people and organisations making a real difference in their local communities.

The 2018 winners in Northern Ireland were:

Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Large
Bank of Ireland

Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Small & Medium
Queen’s Film Theatre

Youth Organisation of the Year
81st Belfast Beaver Colony

Inspiring Young Person of the year – Joint winners
Samuel Bulled
Kristen Magee and Casey McConville

Dementia Friendly Community Champion of the Year
Lynne Bulled

Trailblazer of the Year
Roisin Flynn

Championing Diversity Award
St John Mitchel’s GAC Ballygalget

Uniting Against Dementia – Outstanding Contribution 2018
Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna

If you’re involved in a Dementia Friendly project in Northern Ireland why not register your interest for the 2019 Dementia Friendly Awards here.

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Will to Give is a unique network of charities working together to encourage people in Northern Ireland to leave a charitable gift in their Will.

For more information about how you can leave a gift in your Will click here.