Making Guernsey dementia friendly
A new charity campaign was launched earlier this month in a bid to make Guernsey a dementia friendly community.
Dementia Friendly Guernsey (DFG) was officially launched by Lady Corder at an event at Les Cotils on 6th February.
Facilitated and supported by the Guernsey Community Foundation, DFG is a partnership of charities, professionals and organisations that are aiming to improve the lives of people living with dementia, and their carers. DFG is a member of the national Dementia Action Alliance and is here to support the community to become more dementia friendly.
It is estimated that about 1,200 people are living with some form of dementia in Guernsey and around two-thirds of these are living at home. Many people with dementia, and their carers, are still not living well with the condition and their quality of life remains extremely varied.
As one of its first initiatives, DFG has launched a new badge scheme. Each badge is a different colour and represents a person’s relationship with dementia.
‘The yellow badge symbolises “I live with dementia” and I need you to be a little more patient with me’ explained Corral Smith, DFG Committee member.
‘The green badge is awarded to people who work in local businesses and have undergone our dementia awareness course and can say “I am dementia aware”’, she added.
‘Then there is a blue badge for anyone who supports DFG and wishes to show that they support people with dementia.
You can play a key part by taking part in one of their brief awareness sessions for less than 2 hours, or arranging for your staff and colleagues to patriciate. DFG has a team of volunteers willing to run these sessions during business hours, in the evening or at weekends. Speakers can also be provided for clubs, societies, schools – in fact almost any organisation or event.
To learn more and arrange a session, please visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org