Wigan Borough now has over 10,000 registered Dementia Friends, helping support some of our most vulnerable residents across the borough.
The Dementia Friendly Community project, working in partnership with the local Alzheimer’s Society, was set up in 2013, and has continued to grow ever since. Dementia Friends help look at what is needed to make communities a good place to live for people living with dementia and their carer.
A wide variety of dementia friendly sessions take place each week right across the borough, such as, swimming, dog walking and friendship groups which are set up based on what people actually want. There is also memory making sessions, offering a weekly forum and place for people with dementia to meet up, learn new things and harness the power of nostalgia to help people reminisce.
Professor Kate Ardern, Wigan Council’s director for public health, said: “Making a difference for people with dementia and enabling them to feel supported in their communities is vital for us. “We want to encourage independence, choice and control over the lives of people living with dementia.”
Dementia Action Week is taking place from the 21st- 27th of May, so keep a look out for events happening throughout the week on Wigan Council’s social media channels.