Set up your own DFC

Developing your own Dementia Friendly Community

If you have a group of people who want to get started and need ideas, help and support, please contact:

Sam Bolam, the Dementia Friends Community Development Officer for South Powys:

Email: sam.bolam@dementiamatterspowys.org.uk

or Karen Rodenburg, The Dementia Friends Community Development Coordinator for North & Mid Powys:

Tel: 07736 125884 Email: karen.rodenburg@alzheimers.org.uk

Powys is a large rural county – another community in the Scottish Highlands did not let rurality get the better of them – see their Top Tips here.

You can see ideas and resources from work that has already happened to make communities more dementia friendly across Powys below. Whatever route a community chooses to take to become dementia friendly – and that choice is yours – the most important thing is to just get started!

You can see a sample checklist of what a community needs to think about to become more dementia friendly here.

Ideas and resources from across Powys

Following the Alzheimer's Society's advice for becoming officially recognised as working towards being a dementia friendly community is something that any community can sign up to. It requires some dedicated and committed movers and shakers locally to come together and create a Dementia Friendly community steering group. It also needs local Dementia Friends Champions who can run Dementia Friends Awareness sessions for others in the community to become Dementia Friends. The Alzheimer's Society and Dementia Matters in Powys can assist with this process and have resources available to help you.

However many communities simply want to become more dementia friendly in a way that makes sense to them. There are many good examples of how you can simply encourage your community to become more dementia friendly. Brecon has been a particularly proactive town and below are some stories about how not only the police and the local fire service have committed to becoming more dementia friendly, but also how a local café is now proud to consider themselves a safe haven for those living with dementia.

Click on the links below to download their dementia story:

Dyfed Powys Police – commitment to being more dementia friendly

Dementia Friends Champions at Mid and West Wales Fire Service have run Dementia Friends sessions for the 250 firefighters in South Powys

The Hours Café & Bookshop – committed to being a dementia friendly community haven

Dementia Matters in Powys have a few fact sheets that can be used by emerging dementia friendly communities:

Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklist

Dementia is Everyones Business

Communicating with the person with dementia – top tips

Why is being dementia friendly important for organisations?

Making Powys a Dementia Friendly Community

Register your commitment form

Brecon was the first town in Wales to be granted the official status of ‘Working Towards Becoming Dementia Friendly’ by the Alzheimer's Society. In addition, the Brecon group was awarded the runners-up trophy at the Alzheimer’s Society’s national awards ceremony in 2015 in the category of Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Friendly Communities, the only Welsh project to be shortlisted in any category.