Volunteers urged to be ‘dementia friends’

Dr Jeremy Wight, Sheffield's director of public health
Dr Jeremy Wight, Sheffield's director of public health
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Volunteers are being urged to help Sheffield become one of the first ‘dementia friendly cities’.

A rallying call aims to recruit people who will play a part by supporting a relative or friend affected by the condition, point people to more information or volunteer with a local charity.

There are currently more than 6,565 people in Sheffield with dementia and the figure is expected to rise to 7,345 by 2020.

Jeremy Wight, director of public health at Sheffield Council, said: “Sheffield’s network of friends will play a crucial role in helping us create a dementia friendly city where people living with the disease can lead more independent lives.

“I hope many individuals and local businesses sign up and do their part.”

Sheffield Council, Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society are making the appeal for Dementia Awareness Week, which starts on Sunday.

Dr Stephen Morton, director at the Public Health England centre for Yorkshire, added: “People can live well with dementia, it just takes a little love and care from those around them.”

To become a dementia friend, or for more details, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk.