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Dementia Information Hub

Royal Greenwich is raising awareness of dementia across the borough. Find out more about:

  • What is dementia?
  • Dementia Information and Advice Survey
  • Upcoming Events
  • Information for Organisations & Businesses
  • Information and Advice for Carers
  • Becoming a Dementia Friend
  • Service and Activities in Greenwich 
  • News items
  • Download our guide: Dementia Support - Your guide to local support in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 

What is dementia?

Dementia is a group of symptoms which include gradual loss of memory, confusion, and problems with thinking, speaking and carrying out simple tasks.

Dementia affects around 800,000 people in the UK and becomes more common with age, although it can develop in younger people. Most people who develop dementia are over 60, but it is not a normal part of growing old and most older people never develop dementia.

Dementia Information & Advice Survey

Tell us what you think of dementia information and advice in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Royal Greenwich Council and NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group are currently reviewing information and advice given to people with dementia and their carers, friends and relatives. Please follow the link to complete the short survey to help us plan future services.

LINK: Dementia Information & Advice Survey

If you have any questions please email:

Dementia Reference Group - Have your say!

Get involved in making the Royal Borough of Greenwich Dementia Friendly.

Have your say about dementia services in the Borough, get involved in carrying out business audits, share your experiences and suggestions. Guide businesses and services to be more dementia inclusive.

To join the Dementia Reference Group you either need to be a person with dementia and/or a family carer/relative of someone with dementia. See the group’s brief in the downloads sections for more details.

For more info and how to join contact:

Angelika Welzel-Connolly 

Telephone: 020 8921 8533

Launch of Dementia Reference Group

Our dementia awareness event to launch our Dementia Reference group on 24th Jan 2018 was very successful.

Our guest speaker Tracey Shorthouse gave a moving and inspirational talk about her experiences of living with young age onset Alzheimer’s disease.

We also had Marcelline Russell, our Dementia Reference group chairperson speaking about her experiences of caring for her mother who has got dementia.

We were pleased that some of our businesses and services, Page and Small optician, Advocacy for Older People in Greenwich, Grant Saw solicitor and the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, were there to share why they are working towards becoming more dementia inclusive.

As a result of the event we had our new dementia reference group meeting this week, which was very positive. We are looking for more family/friends of people with dementia and people with dementia to join our group.

To find out more please contact Angelika Welzel-Connolly 020 8921 8533 or email:


Click on the following links for information about dementia events:

  • Remembering Yesterday Caring Today- a series of two-hour sharing stories and having fun sessions offered to people with dementia together with a close relative – Every Wednesday afternoon:  16th May – 7th July 2018 in Woolwich.

We are working towards making Greenwich a dementia inclusive Borough and we would like to share with you what we have done so far. Meet our refrences group, dementia inclusive employers and services. Dementia awareness talks and activities will be running throughout the day. There's also a free lunch for all attendees. 

If you want a dementia related event listed on the Greenwich Community Directory contact us at

A dementia friendly Borough for business and services

There is a new initiative for Royal Greenwich to become a dementia friendly Borough and we would like services and businesses to get involved. Click on the following link for further information 

Businesses and services working with us to become a more inclusive Borough

  • The Stables - Home of Greenwich Carers Centre
  • Indian Cultural Society Drop-in Centre (ICSDDC) 
  • Oxleas
  • Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Chinese National Healthy Living Centre cnhlc
  • Irish Community services
  • Better
  • The Woolwich Centre Library
  • The Eltham Centre
  • artFix – life as art -Cafe in Woolwich
  • Pottery on the Parade
  • Peninsular Ecology Park
  • St James Pharmacy
  • Totty’s Pharmacy
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice
  • Medequip Greenwich
  • Grant Saw Solicitors Greenwich 
  • Advocacy for Older People in Greenwich (AFOP)
  • Page & Small Opticians SE7
  • Greenwich Picturehouse 

Becoming a Dementia Friend

Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all. Because public understanding is so poor, people with dementia often feel – and are – misunderstood, marginalised and isolated. And that means that they’re less likely to be able to live independently in their own communities.

We urgently need to create a climate of kindness and understanding, so that everyone affected by dementia feels part of, not apart from, society.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends is doing just that. It’s the biggest ever initiative to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about dementia. Please click on the following link for further information. 

Dementia Friend  - Alzheimer’s  Society

News items

  • Dementia Friendly Greenwich Launch at the  Forever Young Festival. We are pleased to announce that our Dementia Friendly Greenwich initiative has been officially launched by Councillor David Gardner, the cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care.  It's a great start to the initiative - over 200 people attended with speakers from our Dementia Reference Group including Marcelline Russell and Dave Sharman  sharing their first hand experiences. (click on the link to read the speech attached).  They spoke about what a Dementia Friendly Greenwich should look and feel like. It’s about people having some awareness of what a diagnosis of dementia really means, that it’s not just about having a poor memory, and that anyone can have dementia; and this knowledge in turn, hopefully, leading to some understanding of what would make Greenwich not just a friendly place to live but a dementia friendly place to live. A place where a person with dementia, their friends and family feel understood, safe and supported.

    We want to thank the businesses and services which contributed to launching the initiative and provided raffle prizes including: The Stables, Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park The Gatehouse, ArtFix Café Woolwich, St James Pharmacy Woolwich, Charlton Athletic and Greenwich Picturehouse.

    To find out more and/or become part of Dementia Friendly Greenwich contact Angelika Welzel-Connolly 020 8921 8533 or

  • To mark International Alzheimer’s month Tracey Shorthouse has kindly allowed us to publish one her poems. Tracey is a former nurse who has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Posterior Cortical Atrophy in December 2015. Tracey wrote her first poetry book, I Am Still Me, which was published this year. The poem can be found in the downloads section.
  • A link to  an interview with Arthur Mars, a member of our dementia reference group, in the ‘Living with dementia’ magazine. Arthur shares his experiences of being diagnosed with young onset dementia and life with dementia:

Take a stand - A man with dementia who is having his say

  • BBC News item:

BBC News: Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says.

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