Council reach finals for Dementia Care Awards

Published Thursday, 26th October 2017

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Metal Arts Organisations NetParks wellbeing project has made it to the finals of the National Dementia Care Awards.

The National Dementia Care Awards are organised by The Journal of Dementia Care, a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, whether that is in hospitals, care homes or in the community. The awards recognise exceptional work by individuals in the dementia community.

The wellbeing project looks to provide an intervention for local residents living with a low level mental health condition, including dementia, depression, anxiety, learning disabilities and social isolation.

The project, which was set up by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Southend CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and Metal Arts Organisation, has to date had 86 people living with dementia use the project and it has given regular attendees on average 74 hours at the project’s two hour art therapy group sessions.

Cllr Lesley Salter, Executive Councillor for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Mental health issues are rapidly becoming more and more common in today’s society, and being recognised at a national award speaks volumes for the steps we are taking to improve mental wellbeing.

“The Council, Metal and the CCG all do fantastic work with the dementia community, offering vital support and respite for carers, as well as giving attendees a warm, friendly group who can all relate to each other. We hope to continue in this vein and look at ways to keep improving mental wellbeing in the Borough.”

If you or someone you know may be interested in attending a session, you can complete a self-referral form, which is available by emailing the team at Metal.

The awards presentation dinner will commence on Thursday 9 November at the Doncaster Racecourse.

For further information about the project, please visit the Metal website.