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Crawley Dementia Alliance

Achievements

- Winner of the Best Local Initiative - Dementia Friendly Awards 2014 - won the IESE Award Reinventing Local Services for a piece of work to simplify the process for people with dementia to apply for a reduction in council tax

AIMS

Crawley Dementia Alliance is a collective group of local organisations whose aim is to support and improve the quality of life for people who live in Crawley and who are affected by any form of dementia or cognitive impairment – whether as a patient or carer.

In addition, the aim is raise awareness and to normalise the condition, ensuring that existing services are dementia-friendly.

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 Our Vision statement reads;

Crawley – a town where people living with dementia, their families and carers are able to live well and get the support they need to ensure everyday life and the pursuit of leisure and cultural activities are made easy

CHAIR

Crawley Dementia Alliance is partnership between Crawley Borough Council, Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group and West Sussex County Council. The alliance is led by;

- Julie Kalsi - Partnership Support Officer, Crawley Borough Council

HISTORY

Crawley Dementia Alliance came into being as an off-shoot of Crawley Health and Wellbeing Partnership, when it became clear that the needs of older people and their families were a priority. The health and wellbeing partnership was developed in 2008/9 and the alliance was developed in 2011.

In 2012 the alliance was awarded funding from the Prime Ministers Dementia Challenge, working towards a Dementia Friendly Crawley and was recognised as one of the 12 early-adopters of dementia-friendly communities.

 ACHIEVEMENTS

­­Continuing to develop the alliance. Over 50 associated organisations have been involved from public and voluntary sector, private business, transport, retail, banking, leisure, education, health and social care and many other interested parties. This has included larger local companies such as Thales and HVMS Power Engineering

People living with dementia, their families and carers are at the heart of the alliance and we always include them in the direction that the alliance takes

A number of ‘dementia friendly’ events have taken place across the town:

  • Summer concerts
  • Christmas concerts
  • Living Well days at the local leisure centre and libraries
  • Support groups
  • Carers and secondary carer support groups
  • Metrobus the local bus company have made all staff Dementia Friends and included this as part of their induction training as well as creating dementia safe havens at their travel shop
  • Increased awareness across the town, creating over 3,800 Dementia Friends
  • 150 council staff attended Dementia Friends sessions in one day at 9 back-to-back sessions
  • Crawley Town Football Club - Extra Time dementia friendly walking football
  • Crawley Men's Shed - www.crawleymensshed.com actively support people living with dementia and their family and carers
  • Dementia Friendly Crawley was the Winner of the Local Initiative Award at the National Dementia Friendly Awards 2014
  • Winner of the iESE Awards 2018 - Reinventing Local Services, for a redesigning the application process for people living with dementia to claim a reduction in their council tax

MEETINGS

Crawley Dementia Alliance meets monthly – all are welcome.

 CONTACTS

dfc@crawley.gov.uk

www.crawley.gov.uk/dfc

01293 585317 – General Enquiries

01293 438163 – Support Officer – Crawley Dementia Alliance

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