· We have lots of updates to share with you, most notably conference dates and reminders to enter the Dementia Friendly Awards, opportunities to network and learn.
· We promised to share more Dementia Action Week (DAW) stories, here is some more of what happened during that
week. Swindon Dementia Friendly Community held a Dementia Cinema in Dementia Action Week where over 40 people attended to watch ‘Carry On Camping’.
Please feel free to circulate the information below to anyone in your community who may be interested…
|Resources for Dementia Friendly Community leaders|
|Webinar Update and opportunity
The Dementia Friendly Communities team are developing new ways to offer advice and support to you and your dementia-friendly community.
Our recent Social media was so popular we will be running it again in August. If you missed out and would like to sign up please click here.
To see an inspiring example of using Twitter to help make a complaint and engage with an organisation , click on Joanne Roberts’ conversation with Pizza Hut
|Have your say!
The Dementia Friendly Communities team are interested to hear how your community works with Alzheimer’s Society.
Please take 5 minutes to answer some questions Click here
|Dementia Action Week – feedback on resources
We want your feedback on resources available for communities for Dementia Action Week.
We’re keen to find out what worked well, and how we can improve them for next year. Please help us by filling out this 5 minute survey.
|Events for Dementia Friendly Community leaders|
Our half-day workshops give you all the tools that you need to start creating a dementia-friendly community where you live.
If you are interested in attending one, please let me know so I can gauge where the interest is.
|Upcoming networking meetings
Spend a couple of hours meeting other nearby dementia-friendly communities to share best practice on our topic: Dementia Friendly High Street Blitz, raise awareness of dementia in high street shops and increase the number of Dementia Friends.
|Dementia Friends and Communities – United against dementia!
Drum roll! It’s really exciting to be able to reveal that we will be running three more conferences this year!
They are running through October and they are going to be bigger and better than ever.
For the first time we’re bringing together volunteer Champions AND Dementia Friendly Communities.
Expect an agenda packed with engaging speakers, seminars, workshops and activities.
Look out for your chance to book soon, but dates for your diary:
Leicester – Wednesday 17 October
Manchester – Wednesday 24 October
London – Wednesday 31 October
|Areas for action: Shops, businesses and organisations|
|Spot light: Travelling with dementia
Newcastle Airport introduced the new Hidden Disability lanyard. People with dementia wanted to have something visible as well as their ‘hidden disability passport’.
|Spotlight: Morrison’s introduced a ‘Quieter Hour’ in all their stores – every Saturday 9-10am
Designed help customers who currently struggle with music and the other noise associated with supermarket shopping.
|Spotlight: Memory Walk
A memory walk is a great opportunity to raise awareness of dementia in your community. It can also be used to engage with businesses and organisations in your community.
|All-Party Parliamentary Group
Aims to raise awareness of dementia among parliamentarians and to influence legislation and policy making in order to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Last inquiry was on Dementia and Disability. A report will produce by Autumn.
|Dementia Friendly Community awards – we really need more nominations!
Nominations for the Dementia Friendly Awards 2018 are open! There are lots of categories to choose from, including Dementia Friendly Community of the year, separated in to city or county, and town or village.
Celebrate the fantastic work you’ve been up to over the past year to make your community more dementia-friendly, and get nominating!
You’ve got to be in it to win it!
|Blue badges for people living with dementia
After a long campaign to enable people with dementia to qualify for blue badges, Alzheimer’s Society hails this success.
Gavin Terry, Head of Policy said: Although people with non-physical disabilities were not excluded from receiving a Blue Badge, the current rules are open to interpretation. The new criteria will give clear and consistent guidelines on Blue Badge eligibility for the whole of England.
|Dementia Friends Champions inductions
Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who run Information Sessions to raise awareness of dementia in their community. They inspire their new Dementia Friends to take action – a great first step to joining their dementia-friendly community.
If you know of anyone who’d like to become a volunteer, upcoming inductions include:
The Training and Consultancy team delivered two sessions of Supporting people with dementia in the housing sector to Berneslai Homes in June/
|Minehead Dementia Action Alliance launches support group
The Forget-me-not memory loss support group, a long-planned dream for the group of willing volunteers, was launched in June. A host of over 50 invited friends, colleagues and supporters came along to celebrate. Thanks go to the many supporters who had been very generous with their support and funding. The Forget-me – not memory loss support group will now be open every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, from 2 till 4 with a varied programme tailored to meet the needs of those living with dementia / memory loss and their carers.
|Dementia Friends for schools
Sherborne Dementia Friendly Community have had great success delivering Dementia Friends in local schools, and encouraging students to take further dementia-friendly actions in their local community.
Launch of Amesbury Dementia Action Alliance
Amesbury launched their DAA during Dementia Action Week at Stonehenge! The tour buses are now more dementia-friendly, and 90% of staff are Dementia Friends.
*image from iow3