Swanage Area Dementia Friendly Community

The organisation was set up to raise awareness and understanding of dementia in the Swanage Area. It is part of an alliance including Dorset County Council and Complete Community Care (Solent) Ltd.

Its aims are to:

  • Share best practice and understanding;
  • Create a safe and non stigmatising community where people with dementia can live well;
  • Create an environment where the carer and person with dementia can seek appropriate help and support;
  • Raise funds for an Admiral Nurse within the Purbeck Area.

Swanage Area Dementia Friendly Community runs dementia awareness sessions for local businesses, groups and groups of individual residents in the Swanage area. To date they have signed up 49 people to become Dementia Friends joining the 1,480,000 others throughout the UK. These sessions are free and last one hour. For more information and to find out where the next session is planned, please contact and leave your name at Swanage Library, High Street, Swanage, BH19 2NU. Telephone: 01929 423485.

The Committee

The Committee chaired by Mrs Jean Gibb meets on a monthly basis and arranges regular events including “Singing for Pleasure” which is a community choir on 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Hillside Room, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Swanage.

Q & A

Question: “Why do we need a Dementia Friendly Community?”


  • 1 in 3 people over 80 suffer from dementia;
  • Swanage has the second largest number of residents over the age of 50 in Dorset;
  • 35% of those with Dementia go out once a week or less;
  • 10% go out once a month or less;
  • 60% are worried about getting lost;
  • 44% feel a burden on their families.

Question: “What is an Admiral Nurse?”

Answer: Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give that much needed practical and emotional support to family carers as well as the person living with dementia.