MP to take part in Alzheimer’s Society training initiative

Anne-Marie Trevelyan with Kelly Tolhurst MP at the anti-bullying event.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan with Kelly Tolhurst MP at the anti-bullying event.

The MP for Berwick and her constituency staff are to join others to train to become Dementia Friends at an open training event in Alnwick later this week.

Dementia Friends is an initiative organised by the Alzheimer’s Society and aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.

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

Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “The Prime Minister has committed to the UK becoming a world leader into dementia research by 2020, but it is also important that as many people as possible become Dementia Friends, so we can understand what sufferers and their families go through.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up, and perhaps join me and my team on Friday.”

The awareness session will take place on Friday at 5pm at the St James’ Church Centre on Pottergate.

Meanwhile, the Tory MP lent her support to the Anti-Bullying Week campaign led by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Speaking at an event to raise awareness, held in the Speaker’s House in Parliament, Mrs Trevelyan said: “It is really important to me to help promote this campaign against bullying, which especially affects children and young people.

“Bullying can only thrive in a culture of fear and secrecy – it is so important that children especially are given the courage to speak out and to know they are not alone and to have a safe space in which they can speak out about what is happening to them or someone else.”

The event at Speaker’s House was attended by young people, schools and voluntary organisations and featured a panel of expert speakers.