Neil completes 'dementia friends' training

Neil O’Brien, MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston has completed training to become a ‘Dementia Friend’. The training is part of an initiative developed by the Alzheimer’s Society, to increase awareness of the needs of those suffering from dementia.

Neil attended a session organised by Trinity Methodist Church in Oadby, which was also attended by representatives of local businesses and the police. The workshop included exploring the different types of dementia and what practical steps people could take to help those suffering from dementia.

Neil said, “This was an incredibly useful session, which was both informative and eye-opening. I’d like to thank the team at Trinity Methodist for being so proactive and organising these sessions, which have had dozens of attendees before.

The fact that the attendees have come from so many different backgrounds including business, police and other community groups is excellent. It shows people are coming together to learn about the condition and how we can all take steps to help those suffering from this condition.”

Lesley Green of Trinity Methodist Church, who led the training said, “The reception to the training had been really positive. Everyone has different experiences and interactions with those who might be suffering from dementia so it’s always useful to discuss as a group.

If anyone would like to learn more about the training or take part in a session, please do get in touch with Trinity Methodist Church in Oadby. We want Oadby to become the first dementia friendly village, so everyone can visit and shop with confidence.”