Tamworth is now well on the way to its goal of becoming a dementia friendly community after the borough council officially became a member of the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance.
Dementia friendly communities aim to help people with dementia and their carers feel safe, supported and able to remain involved in community life. There are more than 100 dementia friendly communities in the UK – and Tamworth’s joining of the Dementia Action Alliance is another step along the road to joining their ranks and achieving dementia friendly status.
Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive, Tony Goodwin, has drawn up an action plan setting out the work which will be done and the steps which need to be taken to achieve dementia friendly status. This plan has now been endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Society’s Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance. You can read our Action Plan here.
Membership of the Dementia Action Alliance will allow Tamworth Borough Council to access dementia awareness training for the Council’s senior management team, frontline staff and all elected members, which is already under way. All the dementia awareness training session are free and have no cost to Tamworth Borough Council, individuals and businesses.
The next steps on the road to gaining dementia friendly status for the borough are to:
- Set up a local Dementia Action Alliance, working with Community Together CIC, voluntary sector and public sector organisations
- Establish a group made up of people living with dementia, their carers and support staff to develop an understanding of the challenges they face every day
- Ensure that all Tamworth Borough Council services – from paying a bill to attending a show – are accessible to people with dementia
- Make information and advice on support organisations and services available through reception and Tamworth Borough Council website
A member champion and a lead officer have been appointed to take the project to create a local Dementia Action Alliance forward and work has begun to engage other borough organisations to work together to increase awareness of dementia. Any voluntary groups or businesses that would like to be involved in helping Tamworth achieve our ambition of working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Community please contact Karen Clancy, email: Karenfirstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the current campaign to encourage people throughout the borough to knit Twiddle Muffs, which will be distributed to people with dementia and organisations which help them.
Dementia Connect – www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20011/find_support_near_you#!/search
Dementia Connect is Alzheimer's Society's new and improved dementia services directory for anyone affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With over 4,000 listings of local information, support and services, it's the most comprehensive and easy-to-use online directory of its kind.
Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Helpline – Tel: 0300 222 1122
Trained Helpline Advisors are here to discuss any of your concerns about all forms of dementia. Our opening hours are 9:00am – 8:00pm Monday to Wednesday, 9:00am – 5:00pm Thursday and Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Staffordshire office – Tel: 01543 753936 - email: email@example.com
Local service information and advice.