A FREE Dementia Friends information session is due to take place at the Swadford Centre, Swadford Street, Skipton, on Thursday, January 25.

The event, which will run from 2pm to 3.30pm, will run alongside the Memory Lane Cafe, a social gathering for people with memory issues which runs every two weeks.

Dementia Friends is a social action movement , backed by the government and led by the Alzheimer's Society with the aim of creating dementia friendly communities.

It was launched in early 2013 to help people understand what it is like to live with dementia.

The Skipton session will include an explanation of what dementia is, and what it is not, and will demonstrate how people can become more dementia friendly both at work and at home.

It is hoped to make Skipton more dementia friendly, with all those attending being invited to become a friend.

The Memory Lane Cafe meets once a fortnight on Thursdays, from 2pm to 3.30pm for games, a sing-a-long, gentle exercise and hot refreshments, at the Swadford Centre.

For further information about the Dementia Friends session or the Memory Lane Café, contact health promotion officer, Emma Taylor, on 07591067930