Their objective is to enable Bristol to become THE Dementia Friendly City of the UK.
They do this by using two main tools, “Dementia Friends” and “The Purple Angel Campaign”, to increase Dementia Awareness across the city.
They visit anybody, including businesses, schools, youth and children’s organisations (e.g. Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows), youth clubs, social clubs, community clubs, activity clubs, community organisations, other voluntary organisations, care agencies, other charities, faith groups, political groups, basically anyone prepared to listen and take part!
Sessions generally are an hour long and are free.
They also campaign on issues relevant to people with Dementia and their carers e.g. closure of public toilets and closure of public libraries,
Contact: Tony Hall 0117 968 1002
Bristol Dementia Action Alliance Website
We run monthly groups for people with dementia and their carers to share their experiences and feedback on our service. We have one group for each locality.
Each group takes place quarterly and the views we receive influence the development of the service.
Contact: The Alzheimer's Society on 0117 9610693
Have your voice heard and join the Dementia HIT Volunteer Panel
The Bristol Health Partners’ Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) has set up a Volunteer Panel. You can join the panel if you would like to hear about patient & public involvement activities relevant to dementia.
Involvement activities might include:
You don’t have to take part in any of the activities you are offered.
The panel is open to people with dementia, their carers and interested members of the public.
Further information can be found on their website here
email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 0117 4148238
You could participate in a clinical study or help shape the direction of services by taking part in research. You can get involved by:
Join Dementia Research is a national service which makes it easy for people to register their interest to take part in dementia research.
Contact: Alzheimer’s Research UK on 0300 111 5111
Contact: Alzheimer’s Society on 0300 222 1122
In the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service we are keen to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be involved in research.
Research studies can take a number of forms and may investigate different aspects of dementia from clinical trials of new medicines to finding out which care treatments work best. Research can be beneficial in a number of ways, including the potential to improve one's own condition, wellbeing or quality of life, the ability to access treatments which may not be widely available and the possibility of helping other people with dementia in the future.
Examples of being involved in research can include talking to researchers about a particular subject, completing a questionnaire or attending a health centre for tests. Even if you sign-up to be involved in research, you are under no obligation to be part of any specific study, and you are always given full information about how you will be involved and what will happen - you can always change your mind at any time.
If you are interested in taking part in research, please get in touch with Shaun Popel, our Assistant Research Practitioner on 0117 904 5150 who will be happy to talk to you.
Would you like to share your story?
My name is Jenna and I am the Media Officer for Alzheimer’s Society in the South West. My job is to raise awareness of dementia and get people talking about it. I am responsible for working with journalists to raise awareness of the services we offer as well as highlighting some of the issues people with dementia face.
Journalists often phone me asking to speak to people with real life experiences of living with or supporting someone with dementia. It is our Media Champions who provide this essential human angle by sharing their stories.
Our Media Champions provide an essential and valuable dimension to our awareness-raising efforts, hugely increasing our chances of securing media coverage and reaching people with our messages.
Hilary Cunliffe, an Alzheimer’s Society volunteer, shares her thoughts on her experience of working with the media:
“Over the last few years, both while my husband was alive and after he died, I was able to do a variety of work with different forms of media. I was very keen to use our experiences to highlight the impact of dementia, for my husband, for me and our family and friends and raise the profile of this debilitating condition. I felt this was a positive contribution that I could make to help and inform other people who may be struggling with the condition.”
If you feel that this is something you would like to be involved in, please come along to Alzheimer’s Society’s office: Suite A, Verona House, Filwood Road, Bristol, BS16 3RY on Tuesday 13 December at 1.30pm where we will be hosting an informal chat over tea and cake!
If transport to the venue is an issue, let us know as we might be able to support this. If you are caring for someone with dementia, you are both welcome to join us. Let us know if we can do anything to help make it possible for you to attend.
For further information, or to register your interest in attending, please contact me. You can reach me by phone: 01249 444408 or 07483 138048 or by email: email@example.com
We have now launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. We commissioned the six short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and English-language - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for the culturally diverse communities across the city. You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
Some of the great feedback we have already received:
Participants/community leaders: “The films are fantastic as they are so respectful of culture and language. Beautifully done, with great thought. I can see the care and attention that have been put into them”
“Great work well done to you and the rest of the Team”.
Bristol BME Voice: “Fantastic short films on Dementia from @BristolDWS available in 6 languages!”
Local Councillor: “Thank you so much - what a great resource"
Local MPs: "This information is very valuable" / "Thank you once again for bringing these valuable educational resources to my attention"
Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor: “Thank you for sharing these films with me. They will be a really useful tool for engaging with those communities who may otherwise find it difficult to access information on dementia.”
Posted at 09:16 on 01/08/2017
BREAKING NEWS! Our new short films talking about dementia and how you get can support in Bristol are now live!
Please click on the links under 'Dementia - Your questions answered' above
Posted at 16:11 on 31/07/2017
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