What is a dementia-friendly group?
A dementia-friendly group is a social, sporting, recreational and community groups such as choirs, sports teams, men's sheds or philanthropic group that currently welcomes and includes people living with dementia and their carers, or wishes to welcome and include people living with dementia and their carers. Dementia-friendly groups are listed on the Dementia Friendly Communities map.
What is the community map?
The community map is for anyone who wants to find groups, organisations, local alliances and events in their community that are inclusive and welcoming of people living with dementia and their carers.
Steps to becoming a dementia-friendly group
- Complete the online Dementia Friend awareness raising activity
- Encourage your members to also complete the online awareness raising activity and order their Dementia Friend badges
- Once you have become a Dementia Friend online, log in to your Dementia Friend account
- Complete the Add your dementia-friendly group online form
- Your response will be reviewed by the Dementia Friendly Communities team who will call you to discuss your request to be added to the community map
- Once your request has been approved, you will receive email confirmation that you have been added to the map
- You can then submit upcoming events for review by the Dementia Friendly Communities team and addition to the map
What is the difference between a dementia-friendly group and a Dementia Friendly Organisation?
A Dementia Friendly Organisation has prepared and submitted an action plan laying out how they will make changes to their operations, procedures and the physical environment of their organisation to better meet the needs of people living with dementia. These organisations are then formally recognised by the Dementia Friendly Communities team as 'working towards becoming dementia friendly.'
A dementia-friendly group is not required to go through this same process. They are included on the community map because they have indicated that they are inclusive and welcoming of people living with dementia and their carers.