Councils show how to make a difference to help those with dementia
PUBLISHED: 10:26 22 May 2018
Work to make Norfolk a dementia-friendly county is ongoing, and two district councils are the latest groups to stand up and make their claims to become Dementia Friendly Communities. We find out what they’re up to during Dementia Action Week.
South Norfolk and Broadland are the latest communities to form Dementia Action Alliances (DAA), putting an important focus on people living with dementia and their carers.
South Norfolk DAA officially launched yesterday, the first day of Dementia Action Week, at Netherton House in Long Stratton, and local businesses and organisations heard all about the alliance, what it is planning to do and how people can get involved.
“The response from the public has all been positive – most people know somebody who has been affected by dementia,” says Yvonne Bendle, Cabinet member for Wellbeing and Early Intervention.
“We will work with the community to make changes at a low level, such as running information sessions or improving signage, and work as an alliance to make changes at a higher level, such as transport, health, and planning.”
Yvonne adds that the alliance will also be encouraging communities across South Norfolk to create their own Dementia Friendly Communities.
“As an alliance, we will work together to create a community where people affected by dementia can be confident in going about their everyday activities,” says Yvonne. “But we can’t do it on our own. We need people to join the steering group to help drive this initiative forward.”
Meanwhile, Broadland DAA is using Dementia Action Awareness Week to promote the wide range of activities and services available in the area to those living with dementia and their carers.
Led by Broadland District Council, social media channels will focus on a different topic each day during the week, including support for carers, keeping active with dementia and what services are on offer in the district.
“One of the aims of the Broadland Dementia Action Alliance is to support communities in Broadland to make our area a welcoming space which listens to and reflects the needs for anyone living with dementia and their carers, friends and families,” says Michael Chater, independent chairman of the Broadland DAA steering group.
“Even the smallest of actions can make a big difference. One of our aims in achieving this is to increase awareness across the district through supporting local businesses to find out how they can become more dementia-friendly. We’re also keen to hear from local businesses or organisations who would like to become more involved through
a role on our Alliance Steering Group.”
To encourage even more communities to get involved, Alzheimer’s Society has set up a new half-day workshop to support anyone interested in helping their own community to becoming dementia friendly.
For more information contact Fiona Wynde, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Communities officer, at email@example.com
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