Broxtowe BC has renewed its commitment to being a Dementia Friendly Community and the Council recently hosted a Dementia Friends training session which was attended by Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Graham Harvey.
“So many people are affected by dementia and I’m honoured to be one of the Council’s Dementia Friends. The training really opened my eyes to some of the daily challenges that people with dementia face and I would urge our residents to take part themselves so that we as a community can be dementia friendly” said Councillor Harvey.
The Council pledged its support to people with dementia in 2014 by signing a Dementia Action Alliance Declaration to help local people ‘live well with dementia.’ Since then, a pioneering housing scheme to offer dementia friendly bungalows has opened in Eastwood and more dementia bungalows are currently being built in Beeston.
Accessible leisure activities are also accessible throughout the Borough and a Dementia Café has been set up in Beeston by the Beeston Dementia Friends Group.
Other initiatives that the Council is developing include:
- Identifying Dementia Champions for the Council and training employees and Councillors to become Dementia Friends.
- Devise e-learning material for Council employees
- Introduce Dementia-friendly signage
- Strengthen links with Care Homes and encourage involvement in Older Person’s Week
- Support businesses in Broxtowe to sign up to the action alliance and adopt dementia-friendly approaches
- Establish an employee focus group
For more information please visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dementia