The Leftley Sports Club in Barking & Dagenham have teamed up with a local women’s empowerment and education group to deliver a community Dementia awareness programme.
The session at the Hedgecock Community Centre was chaired and hosted by Zoinul Abidin and attendees included Aruba Zuhra and Kalam Sheikh.
Also in attendance were Leftley Sports Club management members Anwar Hussain and Aktar Ahmed. Dr Noor Jahan from LSC commented, “It’s important for us to recognise basic symptoms and take medical advice so that support can be provided at all stages of a person’s dementia journey.”
Leftley Sports Club Chairman Muhammed Ali added, “Leftley Sports Club is committee to promoting health in the community. Our free programmes are inclusive and encourage participation of all members of our community regardless of age, background and health.”
There was a productive presentation from former Police Officer and life coach Randal Porter and the Dementia Friends awareness session was delivered by Dementia Friends Champion Emdad Rahman.
What is a Dementia Friend?
A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community.
Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want.
What does a Dementia Friend do?
Dementia Friends help people living with dementia by taking actions – both big and small.
These actions don’t have to be time-consuming. From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts! Dementia Friends can also get involved with things like volunteering, campaigning or wearing a badge to raise awareness.