Verwood and Three Legged Cross Dementia Friendly Community
Registered as a Dementia Friendly Community
The Verwood and Three Legged Cross Dementia Friendly Community came about after the Prime Minister raised the profile of dementia by setting the Dementia Challenge.
Verwood and Three Legged Cross Town Council agreed that a sub committee should be formed to raise the profile of dementia. The Councillors were committed to develop a dementia friendly community where people with dementia were enabled to live as independently as possible and continue to be part of the community.
It is estimated that approximately 400 people who live in the area will be living with dementia.
In January 2014 a steering group led by the Council and other interested parties met and the work began. The Alliance was called Verwood and Three Legged Cross Dementia Friendly Community.
We are passionate about improving the lives of those living with dementia and will address the key priorities identified at a national level. To do this we will:
- Raise awareness of dementia at a local level
- Work with others within the community with a common aim
- Engage in awareness raising activities and education
- Ensure there is a strong voice for those living with dementia and those caring for them, within the community
- Ensure that people living with dementia within Verwood and Three Legged Cross and those visiting the area feel part of the community
Action Group Meetings
A wide range of stakeholders are involved with the Dementia Friendly Community steering group, all of who have agreed to attend monthly meetings. Members have also agreed to follow up any agreed actions from the meetings and be part of sub groups looking at projects that may have been identified.
To make Verwood and Three Legged Cross a more dementia friendly environment, we have identified the following.
- To encourage local businesses to become more dementia friendly and complete an action plan on how they can achieve this
- Upload action plans to the DAA web site, showing the companies that have signed up to the local alliance
- Consult with local people to identify barriers that exist
- Consult with people living and working within the community on improvements that can be made
- Encourage people to become Dementia Friends, arranging monthly session
We have already received some excellent support across private, public and the voluntary sector. We are now continuing to work towards increasing the support from others.
The members of the group remain interested and enthusiastic and ensuring we are progressing towards achieving our aims.
We have gained Alzheimer’s Society national recognition for Verwood and Three Legged Cross.
Two leaflets have been printed, one for customer facing staff and the other for members of the general public, and have been distributed widely. The leaflet is a guide in how to help people living with dementia and their carers.
A launch and Information day was held in April 2014 at Verwood Memorial Hall, with both professional and lay speakers sharing their extensive knowledge of dementia.
Community Members Raising Awareness
Through the steering group we are encouraging as many people as possible to become dementia friends.
The leaflets are distributed at all dementia awareness sessions, as well as generally throughout the town.
The launch was well attended by businesses, professionals and members of the public.
Some members of the steering group have undertaken Dementia Friends Champion training. The group is also encouraging others to undertake the Champion training. This will enable GP surgeries, shops and businesses etc to have their own Champions to carry out the Dementia Friends sessions for their staff. This will be beneficial in areas where there is a high turnover.
To encourage a wide range of expertise and knowledge, new members are always welcome to be part of the steering group.