More than 200 scouts in West Sussex have become Dementia Friends, thanks to a partnership between Alzheimer’s Society and the Scouts Association.
As part of the ‘A Million Hands’ partnership’ between Alzheimer’s Society and The Scout Association, which started in October 2015, 240 Scouts in West Sussex have taken action on dementia.
As Dementia Friends, these young people are joining the biggest ever social movement to change the way people think, talk and act about dementia. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends helps to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.
Linda O’Sullivan, Alzheimer’s Society Head of Region for London and the South East, said: “It’s inspiring to see a new generation taking action to support people living with dementia in West Sussex. With 14,148 people living with dementia in West Sussex, and 1 million people predicted to have the condition in the UK by 2025, it’s vital that young people learn about dementia and the small actions they can take to support those living with the condition.
“Every action counts – from hosting a dementia-friendly event to visiting someone living with the condition, we believe young people have the power to change the lives of people affected by dementia.”
Across the UK, a staggering 20,000 Scouts have become Dementia Friends through 804 Dementia Friends sessions; challenging each young person to commit to one action and learn the five Dementia Friends principles*. Now the charity is calling on young people across West Sussex to unite against dementia and become Dementia Friends.