Dementia friendly aim for community is revealed in Harleston

Launch of Harleston and District Dementia Friendly Community group. Picture: Frances Bickley.

Launch of Harleston and District Dementia Friendly Community group. Picture: Frances Bickley. - Credit: Archant

A group has been launched to ensure Harleston and the surrounding villages become a dementia friendly community.

The Harleston and District Dementia Friendly Community held a special event at The Sancroft Centre, at Archbishop Sancroft High School, which was attended by more than 100 people, representing businesses, councils and residents.

Willie Cruickshank, director of Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, and Geoff Moore, of the Alzheimer's Society, gave talks at the event and to pupils at both the primary and high schools.

The Harleston and District Dementia Friendly Community steering committee – which consists of medical practices in the town, the Alzheimer's Society, Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance and the town council – had been working for about a year towards the launch.

Frances Bickley, a councillor who is also treasurer of the steering group, said: 'We were absolutely delighted with the launch and the support showed by the whole community.


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'Now that we are launched we will continue on our journey to spread the dementia awareness message and encourage our residents and businesses to become 'dementia aware' and fully inclusive.'

A dementia cafe and carer's support group will be set up in January.

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People can sign up for free dementia friends training which are being held locally. More in depth training for businesses will be held in the New Year.

If anyone is interested in training or can offer any support contact Pat Simmonds on 07593 391684 or email patricia.simmonds@mail.com or contact Frances Bickley on 07462229920 or email frances.bickley@harlestontowncouncil.co.uk

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