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Accreditation boost for Great Yarmouth Dementia Action Alliance as hunt begins for chairman’s successor

PUBLISHED: 13:19 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 31 January 2018

Trevor Edwards, Business in the Community.

Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Trevor Edwards, Business in the Community. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

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An action group devoted to making the Great Yarmouth borough a more dementia friendly place has been boosted by accreditation from a national charity.

Chief reporter Anthony Carroll meets Trevor Edwards from Great Yarmouth Dementia Action Alliance as the newspaper signs up to be dementia friendly in its works. Photo: George RyanChief reporter Anthony Carroll meets Trevor Edwards from Great Yarmouth Dementia Action Alliance as the newspaper signs up to be dementia friendly in its works. Photo: George Ryan

The Great Yarmouth Dementia Action Alliance, which was formed in January 2017, has been official recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society with accreditation for its work raising awareness of the illness.

It means the alliance, which encourages businesses and organisations to take action to make them more dementia aware, is now a recognised provider of support in the community.

Trevor Edwards, chairman of the alliance, said: “The accreditation is a big boost for us, as it allows us to step up the work we do promoting dementia awareness in the borough.

“It is a big step for us and validation of the work that has going in over the past year.”

The alliance has already received pledges from more than 20 organisations - of which this newspaper is one - who have vowed to do more to make their staff aware of the challenges people suffering from the ill

Having received this accreditation, the alliance is now looking for a new chairman, with Mr Edwards stepping down, having finished a secondment in the post.

He said: “We are looking for a person with drive and enthusiasm to take the group forward. We want to find somebody who has experience in either health, organisational roles or care services, but this is not essential.”

The voluntary post would see the person overseeing twice-quarterly meetings as well as carrying out operational tasks of the group.

Mr Edwards added: “Dementia is on the rise as we do have an ageing population, so the new chairman would be doing an important job.

“We are all about offering as much support for people suffering with dementia or those caring for somebody with dementia as possible, by trying to make it easier for them to live in the wider community.”

Anybody who is interested in the position, or would like more information on how to get involved with the Great Yarmouth Dementia Action Alliance, can contact Mr Edwards on 07584 602555 or email trevor.edwards@bitcconnect.org

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