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Sherborne & District Dementia Action Alliance

Achievements

Registered as a Dementia Friendly Community

Sherborne & District Dementia Action Alliance (SDDAA)

Our goal

The SDDAA want Sherborne and its district(s) to be a community where people living with dementia are treated with respect, dignity and given as much independence as possible whilst their carers are supported and enabled to enjoy a good quality of life.

Our objectives

We will do this by helping local shops, businesses and service providers:

  • Recognise the signs of dementia;
  • Understand how dementia can impact those who live with it;
  • Make small changes that will help people living with dementia continue to be included in, and contribute to, our community.

How will this be achieved?

  • By developing a successful local alliance that feeds into the National Alliance and existing local structures, including the local health and well-being organisations.
  • By the development of a focused and sustainable Steering Group to oversee and ensure continued development of action plans.
  • By identifying and securing commitment from all key organisations across the town and district to support the work of alliance and by ensuring they are engaged in making Sherborne and the district dementia friendly and wherever appropriate committed to producing clear action plans against which they will report progress over time.
  • By identifying further sources of funding to support the ongoing sustainability of the Alliance.
  • By Ensuring widespread access to the national DAA website for sharing of information, good practice and celebrate achievements.
  • By reporting and disseminating progress over time.

 We will do this by:

  • Involving people living with dementia
  • Acknowledging the potential of people living with dementia
  • Challenging stigma and build understanding
  • Ensuring organised activities are specific and appropriate to the needs of people living with dementia
  • Ensuring that the physical environments are accessible and easy to navigate for people living with dementia
  • Working with community based organisations that support people living with dementia in whatever setting they live in.

 SDDAA Current Projects

  1. Exploring opportunities for an Admiral Nursing service
  2. Developing links with Sherborne Businesses and social organisations with the provision of Dementia Friends awareness sessions
  3. Co-operation and support for the Mayor’s Dementia Challenge for local businesses
  4. Maintaining the ‘Safe Haven’ status of a residential home in Sherborne town (project currently on hold with Dorset Police).

 Background

The SDDAA was launched on 19 May 2015 in the beautiful and historic Sherborne Abbey.

 Michael Kay JP is the current Chairman of the SDDAA Steering Group, Lizzie Kingsbury is the SDDAA Co-ordinator and Margaret Cressey is the SDDAA Administration Officer. The Steering Group is made up of local people with backgrounds in Sherborne and districts’ businesses, community volunteers, a Citizen’s Advice officer, Health & Social Care professionals and the Chairmen of local Patient Participation Groups based in the 3 GP surgeries serving Sherborne and the local district.

Get involved

SDDAA need volunteers to help the DAA achieve its goals, for example visiting local shops to encourage sign-up, supporting members with their action plans, running Dementia Friends sessions and promoting the work of the alliance. It doesn’t matter how little time you are able to give, any contribution will be hugely appreciated and valued by the Sherborne Dementia Alliance and the work being done for people with dementia and their carers in the Sherborne area.

Become a member

The SDDAA are working towards every shop, local business and community body to sign-up as a member of the Sherborne & District Dementia Action Alliance. Becoming a member is not onerous and simply involves becoming familiar with dementia so that you are able to identify small changes that you can make in the way you serve or employ people that helps you become “dementia friendly”. The Sherborne & District alliance together with the National DAA can help you with guidance and checklists and support you along the way.

Contact details

For information and advice on you could become involved in the work and activities of the Sherborne Dementia Alliance please email sherborneddaa@gmail.com and consider visiting the dedicated website http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/SDDAA

 Thank you

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