The concept of Dementia Friends in Northern Ireland is available in the form of workshops.
The workshops are called Dementia Friendly Communities awareness workshops and have been created with people who have been affected by dementia. Similar to the initiative in England and Wales; the workshops have been designed to promote understanding and action and is closely linked to building dementia friendly communities. You will explore what dementia is, how it affects people living with the condition. There is a particular focus on communication and how you can help to enhance the service provided in pharmacy to your patients.
The workshops last up to two hours and are free of charge. At the end of the workshop, individuals will receive a Dementia Friends badge pin and a certificate. Literature will be available to local services to support people living with Dementia.
Please contact Heather Lundy directly at email@example.com to enquire on how you can sign up to attend a workshop and how you can help create dementia friendly communities.
Training for informal caregivers programme
A newly established programme has been created to support carers who care for a family member, neighbour or friend living with dementia. Training is provided for free in the local area and you could support by signposting caregivers to more information provided in this leaflet. Supporting the leaflet, a poster is available, should you wish to display this in your pharmacy. To obtain copies of the poster and leaflets, please contact Alzheimer’s Society on 028 90 387480 or e-mail NICaregiver.Training@alzheimers.org.uk
There is a wide range of guides, information and support available at www.alzheimers.org.uk or you can order publications via the order line by calling 0300 303 5933.