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Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance announce community events to support those with dementia and their carers

Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance announce community events to support those with dementia and their carers

The Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance have been busy preparing a variety of public events to mark Essex Dementia Day (20th January 2017).

The events showcase the commitment across the Braintree District to raise awareness, develop a dementia friendly community and work together to transform the lives of people living with dementia.

The following events are taking place in the district on 20th January:

  • Dementia UK are running free 25-minute Admiral Nursing clinics to provide dementia support for families living with dementia. The sessions will be run by a specialist Admiral Nurse. They will be held at Witham Library and Causeway House from 11am-4pm. Sessions can be booked in advance - to avoid waiting on the day - by calling 020 7697 4317 or by visiting the clinic on the day.
  • Greenfields Community Housing are leading a dementia friends information their staff and residents on 16th January.
  • Fusion Lifestyle staff will be wearing blue on the day with all proceeds going to the charity.
  • Braintree Library are holding Dementia Friend information sessions where people can learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. The session will be run by a local Dementia Friend Champion who is a trained volunteer. Customers can pre book a session prior to the event or just drop in on the day. Please talk to Library staff to arrange your place.  Sessions will be 10.30 to 11.30 am, 12.30 to 1.30pm or 2-3pm.
  • Dementia Adventure and Essex Dementia Care will be at George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree on Friday 20th from 9.30am to 4.30pm. They will guide people on how to live better with dementia, with many activities taking place such as adding to a memory tree, how to make memory boxes and how to have access to a supported, affordable family holiday.

Councillor Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: “Our aim is for the Braintree District to become a dementia-friendly community. We will continue to work with our partners to provide support to people with dementia and their carers, so they can live a rewarding life through good health and well-being.”

Geoff Moore, Dementia Action Alliance Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Society said:  “We are delighted to support the Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance with their events for Essex Dementia Day. It is so great to see organisations come together to support the work taking place on the ground in districts to create a dementia friendly community.”

Victoria Lyons, Regional Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK for Essex, said: “Essex Dementia Day is a very exciting opportunity for different charities and organisations to work together to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families. Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses with the experience and knowledge to advise carers on a wealth of different issues, from navigating the health and social care services to practical tips for communicating with a person with dementia. An appointment with an Admiral Nurse gives carers the opportunity to discuss any concerns they might have with an experienced and compassionate professional.”

Linda Hulme from Essex Libraries said: “As part of Essex Dementia Day, we are proud to be holding dementia friends sessions in Braintree Library for people to come along and learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. It’s so easy to do and I can’t recommend enough how useful it is.”

Clare Popperwell from Fusion Lifestyle said: “We are really pleased to be part of the Braintree Dementia Action Alliance and are looking forward to supporting the Alzheimer’s Society by wearing blue on the 20th. We’ve already trained all of our staff to become Dementia Friends which they have found extremely useful and help provide an excellent service to our customers.”

To join the Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance visit 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