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A Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friendly

A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live with meaning, purpose and value. Dementia-friendly communities encourage organisations, businesses, community groups and individuals to make practical changes that will have a positive impact on the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. 

The essence of a dementia-friendly community is to support people with dementia to be involved in activities and opportunities for social engagement that provide meaning and purpose in their lives for as long as possible. Social and community groups play a key role in facilitating this.

Did you know these dementia facts? 

  • Our federal electoral divisions of Cowper and Lyne are both in the top 10 in Australia for prevalence of dementia. 
  • The Port Macquarie State electorate has an estimated 1,857 people with dementia. This is the third highest prevalence in NSW. 
  • Council coordinates the Port Macquarie Dementia Friendly Community Steering Committee, which was founded by Leslie Williams MP. 
  • People living with dementia are members of the Committee which has developed our “Four Seasons” programme.

We got a grant

Council has received a $15,000 grant from Dementia Australia for a dementia-friendly communities programme. The grant is to support Council to create local dementia-friendly activities and to help build greater awareness, acceptance and understanding of dementia in the community.

Get with the programme

“Four Seasons in One Dementia Day” is our series of four dementia-friendly community activities over four seasons.

Winter 2018: 3 x Pop-Up Soup Cafes

Dementia Friendly Soup

One-day Pop-up soup cafés will appear in Wauchope, Laurieton and Port Macquarie, based on the popular Japanese “Order of Mistakes’ restaurant. Students from Newman Senior Technical College will prepare the soups under the tutelage of the chefs at St Agnes Parish Food Services.

Workers and the wider community are invited to: pop in to the pop-up cafe; warm up; buy a delicious $5 soup; be served by someone living with dementia; pick up a brochure or two and a bread roll and feel good that all proceeds are going towards the purchase of outdoor garden furniture for the Port Macquarie “Memory Garden”.

Visit the Pop-Up Soup Cafes 12 noon to 2.00 pm at the following locations:

  • Monday 2 July – CWA Town Green, Port Macquarie
  • Tuesday 3 July – Arts Hall, Laurieton
  • Wednesday 4 July – Senior Citizens Centre, Wauchope

Spring 2018: Meet the Author event

Imagine a giant book club gathering with a dementia-in-fiction author or podcaster. There will be yarns, there will be laughter, there will be wine and cheese. This event will be hosted by the Port Macquarie Library and held during September for Dementia Awareness Month. More details to come soon.

Summer 2019: Hands on History

Artist and TimeSlips Coordinator Lisa Hort will create a series of workshops for people living with dementia. The workshops will explore themes of the Bicentenary, with convict history, tactile objects and out-of-the-box art creation.

Autumn 2019: ArtWalk

ArtWalk is an annual Council event that brings a sense of super-saturated colour and creativity to the CBD. The event includes the projection of giant animated video projections onto the walls of CBD buildings; bands and living artists and attracts an audience of over 10,000.

In 2019, Artwalk will feature a dementia-friendly art video to be projected onto a CBD building. A series of workshops with people living dementia, guided by a dementia friendly artist and a video artist will create the site-specific video projection. ArtWalk will also include a dementia-friendly guided walking tour on the night.

Want to get involved?

To be part of the programme contact Council’s Inclusion Officer on telephone 6581 8111 or email:

We can’t do this without you

A huge thank you to the team working with Council to deliver this ambitious “Four Seasons” programme. 


Find out more about Dementia Friendly


This page was last updated on: 15 June 2018