NHS Tayside volunteers become Dementia Friends

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Some of the volunteers with their certificates

A group of volunteers from NHS Tayside have become ‘Dementia Friends’ after attending an event run by the Dundee Branch of Alzheimer Scotland.

Becoming a Dementia Friend allows people of any age to learn a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and the small ways they can help, then turn that understanding into action.

The awareness session at Ninewells gave the volunteers the opportunity to learn about the different forms of dementia, what it’s like for people and their families living with the condition and how to communicate with someone who has dementia.

Voluntary services manager Val Ewan said, “This is the second Dementia Friends awareness session we have run and the volunteers find them very informative.  Nine attended a session this week and a further 14 volunteers attended the first session in November.

“As part of their volunteering roles, they may meet people who are living with dementia and the knowledge gained from these sessions will increase their understanding of how best to communicate with them.”

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