Become an inclusive group

What is an inclusive group?

An inclusive group is a social, sporting, recreational or a community group such as a choir, sports team, men's shed or philanthropic group that welcomes and includes people living with dementia and their carers. Inclusive groups are listed on the community map

What is the community map?

The community map is for anyone who wants to find groups, organisations, local dementia alliances and events in their community that are inclusive and welcoming of people living with dementia and their carers.

How to become an inclusive group?

  1. Complete the online Dementia Friends program, download your certificate and order your badge
  2. Encourage your members to become a Dementia Friend
  3. Log into your account and complete the 'Add your inclusive group' online form
  4. Your response will be reviewed by the dementia-friendly team who will call you to discuss your request to be added to the community map
  5. Once your request has been approved, you will receive email confirmation that you have been added to the map
  6. You can then submit upcoming events for review by the dementia-friendly team.

What is the difference between an inclusive group and a dementia-friendly organisation?

A dementia-friendly organisation has prepared and submitted an action plan detailing 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. They are expected to report back on their progress towards achieving their goals. These organisations are then formally recognised by the dementia-friendly team as ‘working towards becoming dementia-friendly.’

An inclusive group is not required to go through this same process. Inclusive groups can apply to be listed on the community map, however they hold no official recognition by Dementia Australia as being dementia-friendly.