USW to hold Dementia Awareness sessions

Karyn Davies

Karyn Davies, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health

USW is to hold two training sessions to increase the understanding of dementia.

As part of Dementia Awareness Week - which is running from May 15-19 – USW and Dementia Friendly Pontypridd will be hosting the events. On both May 15 and May 18, there will be hour-long Dementia Friends information sessions at USW’s Pontypridd campus.

Pontypridd officially became a dementia-friendly town in March 2016. There are approximately 3,000 people living with dementia in Rhondda Cynon Taff county borough.

“Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK,” said Karyn Davies, Senior Lecturer in mental health at USW.

“Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.

“Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help.”

USW was one of the first universities to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Alzheimer’s Society. Last year, the Alzheimer’s Society South East Wales presented USW’s School of Care Sciences with a plaque in honour of its work towards becoming a dementia-friendly institution.

All USW students who undergo nurse & midwifery training become Dementia Friends before embarking on their first clinical placements. This gives them an understanding of the challenges facing people living with dementia, their families and friends.

You can book a place online by visiting  and select Become a Dementia Friend/Find an information session. If you would like any further information, please contact or call 01443 483015.

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