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Making Heeley a Dementia Friendly Community

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Local MP Meg Munn is currently helping to establish Heeley as a Dementia Friendly Community. She has been contacting local businesses, GP surgeries, care homes, faith groups and other organisations to encourage them to take part in the Alzheimer’s Society scheme.

Dementia currently affects at least 7,000 people in Sheffield alone, and is a growing problem as the number of people being diagnosed with the condition continues to increase. Clearly it is time to take action to improve services and facilities in order to help the growing number of people with the condition to live well.

A Dementia Friendly Community is one that enables people with the condition to feel included, and encourages them to participate in their local communities and make a positive contribution. The ability to do this safely and confidently can have a very positive impact on the quality of life not only of people with dementia, but also for their carers.

It is also important that awareness is raised within the community, so that people, and in particular customer facing staff, can recognise the signs that someone may be affected by the condition, and are able to provide the help and support necessary.

A Dementia Friendly Community can be achieved in a number of ways. Businesses and organisations can sign up to the Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance (SDAA), a group of local organisations working together to make the city a Dementia Friendly Community. Members currently include Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Sheffield Community Pharmacies, Sheffield Faith Community and others.

Heeley constituents can register to become a Dementia Friend, which is someone who understands the illness and the small things we can do to help people with the condition. To become a Dementia Friend, you can register online and receive a free information pack and badge.

Meg will also be organising a public event for staff working in Heeley, providing information about Dementia, and how to get involved with the Dementia Friendly scheme, including through signing up to SDAA. Following this, a training session will be organised for people wishing to become a Dementia Friend.

Meg said:

“I believe this is a valuable project because it will create a more inclusive, tolerant and diverse society. It will provide valuable support, allowing people with dementia to be more confident and active participants of our local community.”

If you wish to find out more visit: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

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