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Dementia

Dementia Friendly Community

Southend was awarded ‘Working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Community’ status in March 2016. A dementia friendly community is described as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident they can contribute to community life.

The status has been awarded thanks to the partnership work of the Southend Dementia Action Alliance (SDAA) which was launched in March 2015 to help the Borough become a ‘Dementia-Friendly’ town and also the Dementia Friends Initiative. The Southend Dementia Action Alliance is made up of businesses, services and community groups all working in partnership with the health and social care providers.

Will you become a dementia friend?

The Dementia Friends initiative aims to make everyday life better for people with dementia by changing the way people think, talk and act. It is about giving more people an understanding of dementia and the small things that could make a difference to people living with dementia in the community. 

A dementia friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia - from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia.

We have over 4000 dementia friends in Southend-on-Sea. If you would like to join us please visit the Dementia Friends website to find your nearest session or please email dementiasupport@southend.gov.uk for more information.

 

Page last updated: 09/02/2017