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Sutton Dementia Action Alliance

The Sutton Dementia Action Alliance was launched in September 2015 with a steering group led by Paul Burstow, then Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam.  The number of members has now grown to 27 and includes organisations from health and social care, voluntary and professional sectors, hospital trusts and the London Borough of Sutton Council.  Steering Group meetings are held quarterly.

The aims of the Sutton DAA are:

  • to improve understanding of dementia throughout the London Borough of Sutton, and across generations
  • to engage businesses to create a dementia friendly community and retail centres
  • to provide clear and sufficient information services to support everyone affected by dementia.

How to get involved
We welcome any organisation in the London Borough of Sutton to join us in creating a dementia friendly community.  More information on the DAA is at Who We Are and you can join by going to Join the Alliance.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact jackie@communityactionsutton.org.uk

Anniversary Event
s walesThe first year anniversary was celebrated with a special event at Sutton College on Monday 31st October.  The Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Richard Clifton attended together with the Leader of the Council, Councillor Ruth Dombey, and the Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, Councillor Simon Wales, who was the Master of Ceremonies and is also a Dementia Friends Champion. Several members talked about their contribution to the Sutton DAA and to a dementia friendly Sutton, including

  • Debi Miller from the Epsom and St Helier Hospital University NHS Trust:  The Role of a Dementia Friends Champion
  • Susie Sutherland, Clinical Nurse Specialist: Royal Marsden Care Home Support
  • Caroline Pollington, CCG, with Annie Amjad and Emma Schwarz from the Alzheimer’s Society: The Vanguard Programme
  • Steve Triner, Citizens Advice: Advice Link Partnership Sutton (ALPS)
  • Ian Frame, Station Manager, Wallington Fire Brigade: Tips for Keeping Safe

Rotary Club of Sutton Nonsuch Cheque Presentation
Sutton Alzheimer’s Society and Sutton Community Transport were chosen by the Rotary Club of Sutton Nonsuch as recipients of their Christmas charity collections. On 4th January 2017, Jane Burniston attended the presentation evening at Chipstead Golf Club and received a generous cheque on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society from President John Chamberlain. Bob Harris received a donation on behalf of Sutton Community Transport.

London Dementia Manifesto
gary_jackie2Gary and Jacqui Whiting, members of the Sutton Focus group, attended the launch of the Dementia Manifesto for London, a bid for London to become the first dementia friendly city in the world. They were interviewed about their day to day life by Angela Rippon, an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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