How you can help Fakenham become a Dementia Friendly Community

Clarissa Belson and April Simnor at First Focus, the home of the Dementia Friendly Fakenham project.

Clarissa Belson and April Simnor at First Focus, the home of the Dementia Friendly Fakenham project. - Credit: Archant

The Dementia Friendly Fakenham group needs more people to get behind its mission to make the town a Dementia Friendly Community.

The group is keen to hear from people who have experienced dementia first hand, have a passion for increasing awareness and improving the lives of local people living with the condition.

It doesn't matter if you can only volunteer on an occasional basis, although if you have more time to commit, the group is looking for someone who can eventually take on the role of chairman and a secretary.

The Dementia Friendly Fakenham group launched its dementia friendly community project in May last year with the support of Age UK Norfolk, which has supported 14 dementia friendly communities to date.

Since the launch, the group, which is based at First Focus on Oak Street, has worked with local businesses, groups and organisations to make the town a better place to live for people with memory problems and dementia.

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This has included holding free dementia awareness workshops in the town, running dementia friends information sessions from First Focus and raising awareness by taking part in the Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival.

Amelia Worley, community development coordinator at Age UK Norfolk, who has been supporting the group, said: 'The success of a dementia friendly community is dependent on everyone in the community – from town councillors to school children – getting behind the project.

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'The dementia friendly Fakenham group has made a really positive start but to make the town a truly Dementia Friendly Community more people need to get involved.'

The group invites anyone interested in the initiative to join them at the Dementia Friendly Fakenham stand on the market on Thursday, May 18 to mark national Dementia Awareness Week.

For more information contact Ms Worley on 01603 787111 or email

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