After the induction

Update on Champions Inductions during the Coronavirus pandemic

We are not currently able to offer Champions induction days, to train new Dementia Friends Champions. We are working hard behind-the-scenes to review it and we hope to be able to share more details about our new virtual induction in the near future.

In the meantime, we recommend you register your interest by providing your details on the registration page. We will then be in touch with you to offer help and support in all the exciting ways you can get involved and take action for people affected by dementia.

Once you have successfully completed a Champions induction you will be given a code that will give you access to resources and tools that will help you set up and run a Dementia Friends Information Session. You will receive support from your local Regional Support Officer (RSO), our monthly Champions e-newsletter, access to regional Facebook groups and webinars to attend.

You may not need to set up anything special to run a Dementia Friends Information Session. If you are already part of local networks, such as a book club or residents' association, then you could organise a Friends Information Session at one of your meetings or among a group of friends or at work. 

Here are some ideas from Dementia Friends Champions about where they will run their information sessions:

  • Coffee mornings, lunch clubs, knitting groups and book clubs.
  • Tenants' associations and residents' groups.
  • Social clubs.
  • WI, Round Table, British Legion.
  • Students unions.
  • Schools and sixth form colleges.
  • Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides groups.
  • Workplaces.
  • At their places of worship.

We will provide resources on the website to help you to run a Friends Information Session, which will include PowerPoint presentations for those people who want to use them. But there will also be informal exercises, quiz sheets, suggestions for book club and reading sessions, bingo sheets, and sample talks. 

Wherever and however you choose to run a Friends Information Session you will need to post it on the Dementia Friends website so that we know about the Information Sessions that are being run. However, you are able to choose if you make this information public so that other people in your area wanting to be Dementia Friends can search for it and sign up to attend. If you would rather keep your Friends Information Session just for people that you already know then that is fine but please do still tell us about it by putting it on the website.

Read on to see if you are eligible to be a Dementia Friends Champion, or search for your nearest Champions induction course using the box on the right. 

Register your interest