Lewisham Dementia Action Alliance

There are around 2,000 people living with dementia in Lewisham and it is one of biggest health challenges Lewisham is facing. Everyone affected by dementia will be experiencing it differently. For many everyday tasks will become more difficult as memory and perception are affected. 

There is something we can all do – make our community more dementia-friendly so that people living with dementia - individuals, their carers, their friends and families – can continue to live well.

What is the Lewisham Dementia Action Alliance?

The Lewisham Dementia Action Alliance is a vehicle for our local community to come together to turn understanding into action and improve the area and its offer for local residents living with dementia. It is a group of organisations who are committed to making a positive change. You can view their ideas and actions to do just that on this website.

Community awareness, practical action and education are just some of the tools that we can use to impact lives. The LDAA will support you to access and use these tools and to develop your own unique ways to make a positive difference.

Achievements

Over the two years that the Lewisham Dementia Action Alliance has been running we have had great success. We’re working with diverse organisations across the borough to help make a tangible difference for those living with dementia in our communities and beyond.

From domiciliary care agencies to major supermarkets, from leisure centres to public transport, local organisations are signing up to become dementia friendly and individuals across the borough are spreading understanding and transformative action.

We are working towards becoming an accredited Dementia Friendly Community by the Alzheimer’s Society, and have already succeeded in being accredited as working towards this thanks to the efforts of our members and individuals in the community.

How to join

Membership in the Alliance is open to any group, organisation or business in Lewisham. All you need to do is identify three actions you and your staff can do to help improve the lives of people with dementia in your local area.

This can be something as small as encouraging your staff to become a Dementia Friend, which involves a free one-hour awareness session. You might ask a dementia advocacy group to come to your business and let you know if it is easy for them to navigate, or it could be something simple but practical, such as offering to help someone with dementia with their shopping.

The LDAA is here to help you apply and to help you achieve your actions, celebrate your success and share what you learn with others.

Newsletter

Please find our Lewisham DAA Newsletters here:

June 2017

March 2017

December 2016 Final

September 2016

March 2016

Contact Us

If you are based in Lewisham and would like to know more about how to make your community more dementia friendly please contact the Lewisham Dementia Action Alliance for more details:

Karin Barthel

Joint Commissioning Manager - Dementia & MHOA

Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group and London Borough of Lewisham

karin.barthel@nhs.net

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