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Braintree District awarded ‘Working to become a Dementia Friendly community’ status

Braintree District awarded ‘Working to become a Dementia Friendly community’ status

The Braintree District has been recognised as “working to become a Dementia Friendly community” by the Alzheimer’s Society as it works to increase the support of those living with dementia

The status highlights the commitment made by the Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance to work towards being officially ‘Dementia Friendly’.

The Alliance’s next project is hosting a National Dementia roadshow at George Yard Shopping Centre in Braintree on Tuesday 23rd August.

The Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance was set up in October and has 14 organisations signed up so far.

Councillor Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities at Braintree District Council, said: “In just nine months the Alliance has achieved so much; it has raised awareness, signposted residents to information and services and it has created 350 additional Dementia Friends. That is 350 more people who have learnt more about dementia and the small ways they can help people living with it. Creating a dementia-friendly community will help reduce stigma and make people feel confident, understood and supported and we are very proud to be working towards being considered as this.”

As part of the Alliance, Braintree District Council’s leisure partner, Fusion Leisure, now ensures that every new member of staff carries out an online dementia awareness session as part of their induction and investment consultants Cofunds in Witham provided Dementia Friends sessions for their staff as part of their work to support their customers. Plus libraries have launched a Memory Support card for people with memory problems. The card is on offer to those who suffer memory loss as a result of dementia, mental ill health or learning difficulties.

To join the Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance visit http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/join_the_alliance or call 01376 552525


Find further information about how to become a Dementia Friend or how to become a Dementia Friend Champion at www.dementiafriends.org.uk