Amesbury Community Area

Background to area

Villages and towns covered by this area are: Tilshead, Orcheston, Shrewton, Wylye, Steeple Langford, Great Wishford, Stapleford, Berwick St.James, Winterbourne Stoke, Wilsford cum Lake, Woodford, Durnford, Amesbury, Figheldean, Milston, Bulford, Cholderton, Newton Tony, Winterbourne, Idmiston, Allington, Durrington and Larkhill.

Amesbury is situated 8 miles north of Salisbury, with Salisbury Plain further to the north. The town is surrounded by an ancient landscape. The parish boundary of Amesbury encompasses the Neolithic site of Stonehenge - a world heritage site which attracts over a million visitors a year.

The 22 Parishes are in the main rural with 20 Parish Councils two Town Councils serving the parishes of of Amesbury and Durrington and Larkhill. The Military Garrison of  Larkhill is located on the edge of Salisbury Plain just West of Durrington. Transport for the elderly and isolation are an issue and from the recent JSA event the following priorities were identified. There are already 3  existing Safe Places  Schemes in operation which cover approx 50% of the population within the Community Area. The LAB Health and Wellbeing Group are active and moving towards a more Caring Community in the form of  Dementia Friendly makes common sense. Making sure that communication is KEY will ensure that all 22 parishes are working as one team towards a common goal.

History of work with Dementia

 We hold 35 Singing for the Brain sessions a year and 12 memory café.  Our Singing for the Brain sessions are based around the principles of music therapy and people living with dementia and their carers attend. The cafes are held monthly and involve a different activity each time such as curling, craft, reminiscence and painting. One of our dementia advisors comes to our cafes and is there to provide information to people with dementia and their carers.

Farleys Malone Community currently organise and run four Community Lunches across the Amesbury Area.  The lunches are fully available to all over the age of 60, and we actively welcome those living with dementia and their carers.  These lunches enable all members of the community to interact with each other. combating the social isolation felt by those caring for those with dementia along with those living with it.

The Community Consultant or FMC Volunteer is always on hand to either provide information or refer onwards at these lunches to other agencies, if other needs of help are identified.

Aims

  • To continue to consult with people with dementia and their carers to find out how best to support them to be able to enjoy living in their town and village (Working towards a Dementia Friendly Communities).
  • To continue to raise awareness by increasing the number of Dementia Friends in the community area and including children and young people.
  • To continue to develop initiatives that help promote, care and make provision for people living with dementia and their carers in our communities.

Meetings

Our Steering Group will meet every quarter, this small working group will help to drive the initiative and reporting regularly to the Health and Wellbeing Group. So we encourage the sharing our good practice and respond to new needs our Dementia Action Alliance Meetings will take place twice per year.

How to join

The Amesbury Community Area Dementia Action Alliance group welcomes support from anyone who is interested in supporting the work of the group. If you would like to join or would like more information please email either Dave Roberts, Amesbury Area Community Engagement Manager at Wiltshire Council – dave.roberts@wiltshire.gov.uk or Jan Tidd, Older People’s Champion – jtidd@farleysmalonecommunity.org or Councillor Graham Wright, Chair of the Amesbury Health and Wellbeing Group – Graham.Wright@wiltshire.gov.uk