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28 November 2017
Croydon Conservatives trained as Dementia Friends

Conservative Candidates and Councillors undertake Dementia Friends training to help make Croydon a Dementia Friendly town.

Conservatives Councillors and Candidates gathered together last week to undertake Dementia Friends training, run by The Alzheimers Society. The training allows participants to explore and understand some of the problems that people suffering from dementia face and helps to take away the stigma and fear that surround dementia.

In Croydon, the number of people with dementia in 2011 was 3,300, predicted to rise to 4,500 in by 2025. This represents a 17% increase in the over-65 population.

Cllr Yvette Hopley, Shadow Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, organised the training: “Whilst social care and health services are incredibly important in tackling the increasing numbers of people living with dementia in Croydon, we all need to do more. We need to make sure that people living with dementia can continue to have a good quality of life whilst living in the community. Being Dementia Friendly is about engaging the whole community in supporting people to live well with dementia.

"As political leaders in Croydon we felt it was important to set an example and undertake this excellent training. I hope this will encourage other businesses and charities to undertake the training in the future. Our aim is to make Croydon a Dementia Friendly town, and we will do our utmost to make it happen."

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Cllr Hopley at 020 8404 3462 or email at

For more information about Dementia Friends Training please contact Rachel Carse, Dementia and Social Inclusion Coordinator, Croydon Council Tel: 020 8686 4433 x 6327 e-mail

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