Tonbridge & Sevenoaks
Tonbridge: Launched its forum this year during Dementia Awareness Week we held an official launch meeting at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge. We had an extremely good attendance. Starting with a standard Dementia Friends awareness session we then moved to a brain storming session where we investigated what we had in the town, and what we needed to become more dementia friendly. Tonbridge are now actively recruiting organisations to sign up through the Dementia Friendly Communities recognition process and running regular Dementia Friends sessions.
Sevenoaks: Among other achievements Sevenoaks prepared a Sevenoaks forum dementia awareness multi agency leaflet and conducted some resident engagement to gain a better understanding of the local areas residents’ needs. As Sevenoaks has a huge rural area it identified some aspects of those rural areas which needed more work, and are now looking at developing two community-run and focused dementia ‘cafes’ in two of the more remote areas. The strategy for the near future is to engage Parish councils and PPGs to become recognised as 'Working to become dementia-friendly'