Axminster and Colyton Dementia Action Alliance

Background

One in three over the age of 65 years of age is likely to have developing dementia. There is an estimated 900 people living in Axminster ward/ Colyton and surrounding areas over this age.

Aim

Axminster and Colyton Dementia Action Alliance wishes to address the key priorities in line with the National Dementia Strategy 2009 and the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2012-2015, National Dementia Declaration.

  1. To develop Dementia Friendly Communities for people living with dementia, their carers and families, voluntary and statutory services, businesses and the wider community.
  2. To improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers in Axminster/ Kilmington/ Uplyme/ Shute/ Southleigh/ Colyton/ Colyford/ Musbury/ Southleigh and Seaton Junction area, by developing greater awareness and understanding of dementia issues in our community.
  3. To ensure that the voice of those living with dementia are included, valued and heard, and guide the Axminster and Colyton Alliance work.
  4. To establish links with businesses, service providers and people living with dementia.
  5. To seek membership from businesses and organisations in and around the Axminster and Colyton area. To encourage them to take action to improve and increase awareness of dementia
  6. To provide accessible information and training to shops, businesses and their staff

History

Axminster and Colyton Dementia Action Alliance were formed in Autumn 2015. The steering group is made up of representatives from a number of organisations and businesses committed to working towards transforming and improving the quality of those living with dementia and their carers in the Axminster/ Colyton and surrounding area. The Alliance welcomes new members and volunteers to continue the valued work it has begun.

People/ companies/ organisations involved- Scott Rowe Solicitors- Axminster, Axminster Town Council, Colyton Memory Café, Colyton Grammar School and Axe Valley Community College. 

Achievements

Axminster and Colyton Dementia Action Alliance has undertaken an in-depth consultation with people living in the Axminster/ Kilmington/ Uplyme/ Shute/ Southleigh/ Colyton/ Colyford/ Musbury/ Southleigh and Seaton Junction area with dementia, their families, carers and friends. We are looking to have a formal launch in 2016.

We have conducted many Dementia Friends sessions including our local Secondary Schools – mainly to 6th Form pupils, in Youth Clubs with members from the age of 11- 13 years, and in our Hospital and Community Services. 

Meetings

Meeting are at present held monthly.

How to join the LDAA

Shiobhan Pickering, Dementia Friends Lead, Axminster Hospital.Tel: 01297 630427. Email: Shiobhan.pickering@nhs.net  

                                      OR      

Diane Deen- Colyton Memory Café. 01297 680442

Alliance Members