Dementia is a national crisis. There are already nearly 700,000 sufferers in England alone, and we know that less than half of people with the disease get diagnosed. As the Prime Minister said last week, we cannot underestimate the challenge we face in dealing with dementia in our country. I am pleased that as part of this effort to raise awareness, the Government has announced the biggest ever call to action on dementia, through the launch of Dementia Friends this week. Volunteers signing up for the scheme will be able to attend free local training sessions, giving them the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community. The ambition is that by 2015 there will be a million Dementia Friends across the UK, and you can register your interest here if you would like to get involved. In addition, on Thursday 15th November there will be a free talk on understanding dementia, delivered by a specialist at the Elizabeth Court care home in Caterham, which is run by Anchor Trust. There are two sessions (11am and 3pm) and both are open to the general public. Almost all of us will at some point have experience of people coping with dementia, so I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up for this important event. For more details and to reserve your place please call Muriel Gibbons on 01883 331590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.