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Dementia Awareness Week 2016 - Summary of North England DAA activity

Wednesday 25 May 2016
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DAW 2016 Northern highlights:


Sefton, Sedbergh and Pendle DAA's held their official Launch Events which were extremely well attended and a great success to be built on next year.

The North East Ambulance Service created 80 new Dementia Friends, while The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield held a Dementia Friendly Tea Dance. Jesmond DAA held an awareness raising event at Jesmond Cricket Club, along with a Dementia Friendly Communities celebration event. A supported train journey was also held from Darlington to Durham on Virgin East Coast trains, with a visit to Beamish Museum.

Rochdale Urgent Care Centre held a Dementia Friends information session and teaching day for staff and volunteers, and West Cheshire DAA also organised a Listen, Learn and Do event supported by Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and the West Cheshire CCG.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum held a performance of the Piermaster’s House, where audiences were transported back in time to the 1940s to learn about life in Liverpool during WWII with rationing, blackouts and ‘make do and mend’

In Bury and Rossendale a reminiscence steam train journey was held with East Lancashire Railways. Bury DAA also held a dementia-friendly swimming session, an Otago session - a series of slow and steady strength and balance exercises – and a Friendly Faces event at Radcliffe Borough Football Club.

Liverpool DAA in partnership with John Moore's University hosted a seminar entitled Design For Dementia. Architects, developers, academics and senior council officials came together with members of the DAA, including people living with dementia and family carers, to look at problems caused by the design of buildings and public spaces. As a result a major conference is now being planned in the city for next year.

East Riding DAA held a forget-me-not flower competition with entries on public display, as well as a dementia-friendly screening of Dad’s Army at Parkway Cinema in Beverley.

The Trafford Centre hosted an all day awareness raising event where people with dementia and their carers  from a local Singing for the Brain (R) group were joined in song by the outgoing Mayor and caused quite a stir with customers. Also set up was a Memory Tree for people to write their messages to Dementia.  

In Wakefield, Wakefield and Five Towns DAA held Dementia Friends information sessions for the Bishop of Wakefield, clergy and admin staff, as well as GPs and health staff. Wakefield District Housing promoted their Care-Link support service in Service Access Points across WDH, and posted stories on their staff intranet to show to the support they provide.