Dementia Friends Champion

Liz Jones, a Partner at Birkett Long and who works in the Colchester Wills, Trusts and Probate team, has become a Dementia Friends Champion.

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.

Liz became a Dementia Friends Champion by taking part in a full day of training, learning about dementia and how to deliver the sessions to others in the best way possible.

Liz, from Colchester, said: “In my line of work as a solicitor preparing wills and lasting powers of attorney, I meet many people.

“It is essential to understand, be patient and sympathetic to the needs of everyone when taking instructions, and this is particularly pertinent if someone has a diagnosis of dementia or indeed may be in the early stages of suffering from dementia.

“Originally I became a Dementia Friend, of which I am immensely proud, but by becoming a Dementia Friends Champion, I am now able to spread the word by giving talks to encourage others to become Dementia Friends. Several of my colleagues have already become Dementia Friends and others continue to do so.

“At Birkett Long, we hope to encourage as many people as possible to sign up, both within the firm and externally, and ultimately we hope to become a Dementia Friendly Firm so that we are recognised for the sympathetic approach that we already take to our clients.”

Daisy Murfin, a member of the marketing team, who has recently become a Dementia Friend following a session with Liz Jones, said: “Before starting the training I had very little knowledge of what it is like to live with someone with dementia, as I haven’t been touched by this disease yet. I originally thought that having dementia only happened as you age, and just meant that you became a little bit forgetful here and there.

“Liz ran a very informative session, and I left the session feeling like I need to spread the word about this disease and make people more aware of what they can do to help.”

For more information, please contact Liz Jones on 01206 217 364 or