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
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.
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.
There are an estimated 25,000 BME people with dementia in the UK. While the number of white, British people with dementia is expected to double by 2051, the numbers of people from BME communities is expected to increase sevenfold within the same timeframe.
Mrs Kwan, who is originally from China, has lived in Bristol with her husband for 45 years and raised their family here. She is now carer to her husband who has dementia. She explains: “Life changes significantly for someone with dementia, and for their carer and family too. It’s really important to get help. In our community, a lot of people don’t know what dementia is, we don’t even have a word for it. This means that lots of people with the disease run the risk of being forgotten.”
Within each of the films, medical experts, people affected by dementia and members of the relevant communities explain what dementia is, outline how people can gain a diagnosis and access the free support available from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.
This issue is echoed across many communities, as well as within white-British communities, and one which the films address head on.
Khadra Abdi, who cares for her mother with dementia and is active in the Somali community in Bristol says: “Many older people within our community have limited English language, and when they don’t understand what dementia is it can be very scary. These films explain about the disease and the help available in a simple, clear way, and most importantly in their native language, making it far easier for them to gain a genuine understanding of dementia, get a diagnosis from their GP and to get support from the Dementia Wellbeing Service”.
You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
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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