Posted on: Friday 14 June 2019
Across Torfaen the Gwent Regional Partnership Team have been developing a Dementia Friendly Community for the past few years, and have been awarded Dementia Friendly status by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Lots of work has taken place across the borough, ensuring people with dementia feel understood, valued and are able to contribute in their community.
To achieve Dementia Friendly status, the GRP team had to take forward a number of actions including; raising awareness of dementia, championing the agenda and giving a voice to people living with dementia.
Since 2016 they have delivered Dementia Friends awareness sessions to over 5600 people and trained over 50 champions to deliver the awareness going forward.
Griffithstown Primary school were the first school in Gwent to gain their award for ‘Working to Become Dementia Friendly’ and other schools in the borough have been working hard to raise awareness and understanding, and have also received their awards.
St Albans RC High school has been working hard on their mission to become a dementia friendly school, linking with community members and residents of a local residential care homes. The school is using their new found knowledge to support people with dementia through vocational work via the Welsh Baccalaureate scheme.
In addition, a number of businesses have also received the award, including Rubin Lewis O’ Brien Solicitors in Cwmbran and Nationwide Building Society in Pontypool, with many other organisations still in the process of training their staff which has included Torfaen Leisure Trust and Tesco Superstore Pontypool.
Earlier this year, Cwmbran Shopping held a drop in Dementia Friends sessions to reach out to as many community members as possible and Dementia Friendly Blaenavon held Intergenerational Workshops.
The Regional Partnership Team has also been busy over the past few week, delivering a dementia and safeguarding presentation to over 500 practitioners as part of a wider series safeguarding workshops.
Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for Children, Families & Communities and Dementia Champion for Torfaen said, "I am really proud of the work that is being done around Torfaen and the delivery of the dementia friend sessions. It is so important to be able to reduce the fear and stigma of dementia and this is being achieved by organisations and individuals becoming more aware and signing up to becoming a dementia friend or champion.
I’m also extremely pleased with the intergenerational work taking place between care homes, hospital wards and schools, which has given youngsters a greater insight into dementia."
To better understand what life is like for people living with dementia – please watch this video, setting out the ‘bookcase’ analogy.
To help reduce your own risk of living with dementia please vue the 6 steps public health information.
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