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Bradford Face It Together (FIT) Group

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Monday 29 February 2016
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Bradford DAA facilitate a monthly FIT (Face It Together) group, which is also part of the DEEP network.

The FIT Group is a user involvement group for people with a diagnosis of dementia. The group consults on all aspects of DFC/ DAA work.

The group have taken part in larger DEEP meetings and have been involved in the production of a guide “Words Matter” and a guide which is soon to be completed around the importance, and the best way of involving people affected by dementia in creating dementia friendly communities.

The group have:

  • Been involved (along with people from other disability groups) in the planning stages of a new build Westfield Store.
  • Taken part in “New Deal “consultation with Bradford Council about the best way to make spending cuts.
  • Looked at and commented on Dementia Friendly signage.
  • Visited a local Country Park and made recommendations on how it could be made more dementia friendly.
  • Taken part in “Secret Shopping” exercises.

The group speak at public DAA meetings and other events about their diagnosis, how it has affected them, and how they can be enabled to continue to live well. This is always well received and inspirational.

Members are supported to sit on interview panels for all new staff roles at Bradford Alzheimer’s Society, and as a resource for interview panels for the local NHS.

We also facilitate a Focus Group, for carers and people with a diagnosis, either together or on their own.

This group is set up to inform and contribute to the dementia friendly community work in Bradford, it reviews documents, reviews plans and is used as a consultation group for various bits of work