Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community
Registered as a Dementia Friendly Community
In March 2012 the then Prime Minister David Cameron raised the profile of dementia by setting the Dementia Challenge, which was to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research. In that challenge there was a commitment to the development of Dementia Friendly Communities across the UK. A Dementia Friendly Community is one where people living with dementia are enabled to live as independently as possible and to continue to be part of their community, and at the same time, are met with understanding and given support when they need it. Across areas of Dorset, including Wimborne, the Alzheimer’s Society are coordinating this work. The local Dementia Action Alliance is called the Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community.
Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community exists to address the four key priorities. These have been identified at a National level but tailored to meet the needs of local communities:-
- To raise the awareness of dementia in the local community
- Commit to Action Plans
- Sign up to a National Dementia Declaration
- Create Dementia Friendly Communities
On the local scene, our aim over the past 3 or 4 years has been to identify and address as many of the barriers that people living with dementia face when out and about in Wimborne. It has been found nationally that 47% of people living with dementia no longer felt part of their community. Our aim is to improve on this disturbing figure for both local residents and those who choose to holiday in this popular tourist area.
Action Group Meetings
Our local alliance has clear objectives and it’s own constitution to ensure direction and accountability. A wide range of local stakeholders have come together to form the Steering Group for our Alliance. All of these stakeholders have agreed to commit to meeting every six weeks or so, and to undertake to follow up actions between meetings.
Projects Being Undertaken
The overall project is to make Wimborne a more Dementia Friendly environment.
In order to achieve this objective we have identified a number of actions:-
- Speak to local businesses and encourage them to complete an Action Plan showing how their business can become more dementia friendly.
- We then upload these Action Plans to the DAA website, which shows which businesses have signed up to the local alliance. Whilst actively encouraging additional businesses to join the campaign.
- Consultation with local people living with dementia and their carers serves to identify barriers which make life more difficult for them, and enables us to implement improvements.
- We encourage as many people as possible to attend free dementia awareness sessions and become Dementia Friends, possibly going further to become Dementia Champions. This is a National campaign and sessions are regularly held.
- In the past few years since our launch, we have set up a regular Memory Cafe, an allotment gardening club-“Step Outside” and in conjunction with others a Singing for the Brain event and Reminiscence sessions. We also arrange Dementia Friendly church services on a quarterly basis at St Michaels, Colehill.
- Further projects being implemented include “Slow Shopping” days at local supermarkets, the “Use our Loo” scheme and buddying for bowls and golf fans.
A great enthusiasm has developed within the Steering Group to ensure we achieve our stated objectives and as a result there is now a demonstrable awareness in our Town of the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.
We are proud to have gained the Alzheimer’s Society National Recognition for Wimborne and have been awarded the “working towards becoming dementia friendly” logo. Stickers incorporating this logo are now widely seen around the Town, displayed by businesses which have attended awareness sessions and have additionally completed Action Plans.
To support our campaigning, we have produced brochures and leaflets which we include in a folder of information supplied to those wishing to join the alliance. We also regularly take a table at the various events which are arranged throughout the year in Wimborne.
For more information, please contact Debbie Horlock through the Alzheimer’s Society local office in Branksome. 01202 764352 or by email Debbie.Horlock@alzheimers.org.uk or email Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community directly at Wimbornedfc@gmail.com
- Aster Living
- Bluebird Care (Wimborne)
- Complete Community Care (Solent) Ltd
- Dorset Community Action
- Dorset County Council
- Dorset Fire & Rescue Service
- East Dorset District Council
- Faithworks Wessex
- Harold G Walker Solicitors
- Office of the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner
- Priest's House Museum & Garden
- Rumour Hair & Beauty Salon
- St Michaels and All Angels Church
- Streets Meadow
- The Quarter Jack Surgery
- Tivoli Theatre
- Waitrose Wimborne
- Walford Mill Crafts
- Wessex Water
- Wimborne Area Neighbourcar
- Wimborne Minster
- Wimborne Minster Town Council
- Wimborne Model Town