What does Disability Awareness mean to you?
Can you tell if a person has a disability just by looking at them?
The leaflet below has been written by members of Eastbourne Access Group who all have a disability or work / care for someone who has one.
It will help you to understand a little more about how you can help people with a disability. (Please note the leaflet has our old email and web address)
Making Eastbourne a dementia friendly community
Dementia Friends sessions are being held all over Eastbourne by Dementia Friends Champions, trained volunteers free of charge for staff and volunteers of businesses, support groups, charities who are working with the public and for families who have someone with dementia.
When you attend a session it takes about an hour. It gives an insight into living with dementia with fun exercises and analogies.
Five things you should know about dementia:
1. It is not a natural part of ageing.
2. It is caused by diseases of the brain.
3. It is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks.
4. It is possible to live well with dementia.
5. There is more to a person than the dementia
Once you have completed the session you are asked to become Dementia Friends and help to create a more dementia-friendly community.
You will be given a badge then asked ‘What will your Dementia Friends action be?’ for example
• Wear my badge and tell 5 friends about the initiative.
• Have a personal action – be more patient when out in the community.
• Campaign for change – sign up to the Alzheimer’s Society’s campaigns to improve the lives of people with dementia.
• Get in touch and stay in touch with someone I know living with dementia.
If you cannot attend a Dementia Friends session you can do it online
You can also become a trained volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, the website gives more information.
After the volunteer members of the Eastbourne Access Group attended a Dementia Friends session at their February 2016 meeting, the Group’s action pledge is
• to promote the Dementia Friends sessions
via our website and Facebook page.
• Volunteer Members to tell their group(s)
members, colleagues, friends and families
about this free awareness training so
Eastbourne becomes a dementia-friendly town
East Sussex Alzheimers Office
Tel: 01424 773687