Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


One Voice Blackburn have run a very successful health campaign (Better Health) over the last six years raising awareness of issues that affect the population of Blackburn and Darwen. Dementia is seen as a rising health concern of the population of the local town, especially among the South Asian heritage community.
Since 2015 One Voice Blackburn has created four Dementia Champions who have been trained to provide awareness of the condition, to all sections of the community. These Champions in turn have created over 400 Dementia Friends as part of a local authority initiative in the last three years.
The aim of the project 'Remember the Time' is to create 1,000 new Dementia Friends, by creating 10 Dementia Champions to deliver awareness sessions into the communities of Blackburn and Darwen.
A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. You usually become a Dementia friend by attending a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session delivered by a Champion. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour.
Funding is required to recruit, train, develop and support 10 new Dementia Champions from Blackburn and Darwen. Funding is required to facilitate, recruit, and promote up to 80 Dementia Friends sessions in the Borough of Blackburn and Darwen in 2019 to create 1,000 new Dementia Friends.
This will create extra awareness of dementia that can lead to early diagnosis. It will also create a massive awareness of an issue...
Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's but diseases also include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Pick's disease.
Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways, but other things like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.
The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
It is true that more people over 65 have dementia but it is not exclusively an older person's disease; younger people get dementia too.
One Voice Blackburn has a track record of delivering key health messages, from organ donation to mental health. This has been achieved through workshops, focus groups, videos and talks.
With the support of this funding we can raise the importance of this condition and support the local community into early diagnosis, which in turn will make lives better for those who could be potentially facing up to living the dementia.
Memories are one of the most important aspect of our lives. Help us to keep those memories treasured without the affects of this devastating condition.


Moment of Pride

One Voice Blackburn CIC won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2018, and the organisation won the Award in Excellence from the Department of Health in 2014 for our work in health engagement with communities in Lancashire. One Voice is passionate about addressing all health inequalities.

Location: Blackburn