Tony Hall on “Enabling Bristol to become THE Dementia Friendly City of the UK”


Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA) was launched in July 2013 with the objective of “Enabling Bristol to become THE Dementia Friendly City of the UK”.


It does this by arranging dementia awareness sessions for any business, school, children’s group club, community group or faith group, in fact anybody. These sessions generally last an hour and are free of charge.


To this end, BDAA works in partnership with We Care Home Improvements in helping and supporting staff to learn more about the condition and become dementia friendly.  Julie Derrick is a local Dementia Friends Champion (and member of BDAA) and delivers Dementia Friends sessions to those wanting to know more.



BDAA also organises and runs Dementia workshops for those people working in the community (or wanting to work in the community) with the over 50’s, particularly those living with dementia. Four half-day workshops were arranged in 2019 and are proving to be very useful and popular. Four more are already programmed for 2020.


Happy Days Memory Café was also launched in November 2015 for carers and people living with dementia and operates on the first Friday of the month at Westbury Baptist Church, Reedley Rd BS9 3TE from14.00. – 16.00.


BDAA also works in partnership with other agencies in Bristol who support people living with dementia and their carers for example BRACE, Bristol Older Peoples Forum, Linkage, St. Peter’s Hospice, Carers Support Centre, Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Wellbeing Service and others.


Some other examples of what we’ve been doing are:


  1. We are supporting St Peter’s Hospice in all their staff and volunteers to becoming Dementia Friends.
  2. We are working with Bristol & South Glos Girl-guiding. Over 900 girls and young women are dementia aware,
  3. Working with Youth Moves and NCS (National Citizens Service) approximately 1000 teenagers are dementia aware.
  4. Bristol Airport is working to become a dementia friendly airport.


There are quite a lot of resources on our website, which are free downloads. We are continually updating the site as we want to help and support those searching for information. If you notice any gaps, please contact us via

This post was written by Tony Hall, Chairman of the Bristol Dementia Action Alliance.


BDAA won a Voscur!



Tony and the BDAA team recently won a the Resilience award at the Voscur Awards for Social Impact.  This award recognises the action the BDAA has taken to build and strengthen their resilience and adaptability to respond to new and emerging challenges.  A big congratulations to you all for a job well done!


Let’s Talk about Dementia – FREE public information day


We Care Home Improvements and BDAA will be at the Let’s Talk about Dementia event at We The Curious in Bristol on Saturday 13th June 10am – 4pm.  This is a rare opportunity to find out about all the best help and support that’s available for those living with dementia, their families, friends and carers.  To find out more, click here



Find out about Dementia support in your area…


Bath & North East Somerset

North Somerset

South Gloucestershire

Dementia Friendly-Dementia Forum

For anywhere else, you can search here


Did you know?

  • We Care Home Improvements has been recognised as an organisation that is working to become Dementia Friendly by the Dementia Action Alliance
  • Find out how to make your home more Dementia Friendly here


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