Dementia Friendly Communities

Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friendly Communities programme focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia in a number of ways. Our Dementia Friendly Communities recognition process encourages communities to support people living with dementia, sign up and work towards becoming dementia-friendly.

Apply for the Recognition Process

What is the Dementia Friendly Communities Recognition Process?

The recognition process enables communities to be publicly recognised for their work towards becoming dementia-friendly. The process asks communities to commit to delivering change and is structured around 2 key documents:

  1. The BSI Code of Practise for dementia friendly communities and;
  2. The foundation criteria for dementia-friendly communities

The Foundation Criteria: The seven foundation criteria help a community to understand the way that their Dementia Friendly Community should be structured and outlines the need for establishing a group, identifying a leader and involving people affected by dementia.

How do I get started?

We normally recommend that communities have been making changes in their communities for at least 3-6 months before applying for recognition.

In order to apply for recognition as ‘working towards becoming dementia friendly’, you should be able to:

  • Meet the Foundation Criteria
  • Tell us what actions your community had taken to date
  • Tell us what plans or targets you have for the future. Try to be as specific as possible
  • Tell us how you have involved and plan to involve people affected by dementia in your community activities

What does my community receive from Recognition?

Once your community application has been approved you will receive support from our Dementia Friendly Communities team, stickers to distribute to the active members of the group and access to tailored Dementia Friendly Community resources. 

Is Recognition right for me?

To make sure that you are in the right place, here is a breakdown of the other routes that you can take:

If you are an individual and interested in improving your awareness of dementia, you should contact the Dementia Friends team first. You should also contact the Dementia Friends team if you are a registered Dementia Friend looking to train as a Dementia Friends Ambassador and deliver Information Sessions to others.

If you are a business or organisation looking to start becoming more dementia-friendly, perhaps you should sign up to roll out Dementia Friends across your organisation. Please click here for more information.

If your community isn’t quite ready to apply yet, or if you would like some more information or guidance about becoming a Dementia Friendly Community before completing the application form, please contact us at 

If you are a community who has worked towards meeting the 7 Foundation Criteria, and feel that you are ready to apply for recognition, then continue to the application form

To read about other work in the Dementia Friendly Communities programme, including the Prime Minister's Champion Group and the Dementia Friendly Awards please visit the Alzheimer's Society website.

When completing the application form, we recommend storing your information on a Word document first and copying and pasting your responses into the application form so that you do not lose any of your work.

Apply for recognition process