Lincoln Dementia Action Alliance

Achievements

Lincoln has been recognised working towards being a Dementia Friendly Community

Working Towards Being a Dementia Friendly City

The DAA is pleased to announce that Lincoln has achieved recognition for working towards accreditation as a Dementia Friendly City in April 2015. This initiative is spearheaded by the University of Lincoln who are hosting a conference to formally launch the process.     

If you would like more information on how you or your organisation or Business can support this initiative please contact Gill Collins DAA Co-ordinator gill.collins@alzheimers.org.uk.

Chair of the Lincoln DAA

Paul Herniman from Lincolnshire County Council has agreed to become Chair of the Lincoln DAA

Development of the Lincoln Local Alliance

The Lincoln local alliance was set up in October 2012 and aims to support the creation of dementia friendly communites across Lincoln and surrounding areas. 

To encourage its growth and community involvement the group has produced a supporters form. This is designed to enable smaller business and organisations to be involved and recognised on our DAA page. Download the form here:

Lincoln DAA Supporters Form

Supporters:

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Meetings

Meeting Dates – 2017

 28th February  Lincoln Coop Funeral Home  Tritton Road

20th June Venue TBC

19th September Assist The Vine Centre, The Parade, Cherry Willingham Lincoln LN3 4JL

12th December Venue TBC

All meetings are  on a Tuesday 2pm – 4pm.

Achievements

Dementia Conference 

Lincoln DAA, one of  two DAAs in the county, held a one-day conference on 23 April 2015 with the theme "Creating a Dementia  Friendly Lincoln"   

The conference was timed to mark the acceptance of Lincoln's application for accreditation at foundation level as a Dementia Friendly Community, under the national Alzheimer's Society programme. Speakers included leading dementia ambassedor  Barbara  Pointon,  and researchers from Liverpool, and Bruges in Belgium. 

The conference for two hundred delegates was  hosted  by DAA member the University of Lincoln in their prestigeous Engine Shed events venue. 

The conference aimed at engaging all sectors of the Lincoln area community, with a particular attempt  at encourging interest from the business and commercial sector as well as the current and potential DAA membership.  Direct approaches were made to a range of larger businesses, some of which were already supporters of the DAA at a national level, as well as by working with Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG). There were positive responses from a number of high profile concerns in the banking and retail sectors as well as interest from Siemens, Lincoln's largest single employer. Delegates attended from Lloyds Pharmacy, Marks and Spencer,Natwest Bank, and the Stagecoach bus company. The involvement of smaller businesses has proved more challenging to date; however, the participation of Lincoln BIG signals grounds for optimism. Lincoln BIG represents city centre businesses, many in the retail and service sectors, with the aim of making the city centre a positive place in which to do business for workers,shoppers and visitors alike. Lincoln DAA will offer Dementia Friends sessions to staff groups as a means of raising awareness of dementia in the commercial sector and explore training options for those businesses  willing to become morer involved.      

All conference delegates were asked as a condition of attendance to commit to at least one action consistent with the aims of the DAA and the National  Declaration on Dementia.  LDAA will be following up the conference by contacting all delegates to monitor progress. For some organisations  joining the DAA will be an apppropriate outcome; other outcomes will include promoting dementia awareness through the Dementia  Friends programme or by more formal training.

Feedback from conference delegates, participating agencies, and in terms of television,press and radio exposure, has been very positive.

The membership of Lincoln DAA have delivered Dementia Friends Awareness sessions to over 1000 people in Lincoln and surrounding area during 2014. Currently Lincolnshire Police are putting as many officers as possible through this process.

Lincoln University  hosted a conference to launch Lincoln as a Dementia Friendly City in April 2015. They have also formed a University wide Dementia Interest Group which is open to all staff and students and acts a bit like the DAA in that its aim is to make the University dementia friendly. It meets regularly and looks at research interests , promoting awareness and fundraising.

A major achievement has been to introduce much more dementia care into the curriculum for nurse education. The university is now a member of the Higher Education Dementia Network which has just published a National Dementia Curriculum, available from Dementia UK.

Contacts

For more information, to get involved or to book your place at the next meeting please contact:

Gill Collins
Alzheimer's Society
Telephone:  01522 692681
Email: gill.collins@alzheimers.org.uk

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