The importance of raising awareness about dementia in communities, challenging stigma associated with it, and providing information, education and training to achieve these goals, was a consistently important theme from the survey and literature review.
The report “Mapping DFCs across Europe: a study commissioned by EFID” identified a wide range of activities under this theme, including:
- awareness-raising sessions and training for a range of different audiences, often reflecting where ‘dementia-friendly community’ activity was focused. This could include family members and other carers, health and social care staff working in the community (as well as hospitals and care homes), school students, volunteers in local NGOs and churches, people working in shops, businesses, and public services (including emergency services and public transport), and the general public;
- exhibitions, displays, performances, talks, cultural events, etc. about dementia, involving people with dementia, or by people with dementia;
- community events, discussion groups, supporting people with dementia to have a visible, ongoing community presence, and participation in community life;
- ‘virtual’ and actual dementia information centres which are open to the community, can provide support to people with dementia and their carers, but also host events, exhibitions etc. about dementia;
- the use of symbols, leaflets, films, local and national media, etc. to communicate positive messages about dementia.
The rest of this section of the mapping lists all of the ‘dementia-friendly community’ projects that were identified across Europe, that come under the heading of ‘raising awareness, providing information, education and training’.