KDFV (Kenton Dementia Friendly Village)

Background

Kenton is a small village located near Exeter, the county town of Devon, England. Kenton is known for its mediæval castle, Powderham Castle, the ancestral home of the Earls of Devon. The Castle remains in the hands of his descendant, the Earl of Devon.

Kenton is a fairly small village but extremely active.

The idea for a dementia friendly community came from the local Parish Council and inspired by the work in the city of Plymouth.

The initiative was taken up by a group of interested villagers in June 2015 who have formed a steering group, written a constitution and is supported by our Church and Patient Participation Group. 

Aims

To improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers in the Kenton area, by developing greater awareness and understanding of dementia issues in our community.

Chairperson

Annette German

History

Through organisations and individuals in our community joining together and with support from Central Government and from Alan Connett (County and District Councillor), together with superb encouragement, expert advice and support from the Alzheimer’s Society we are confident that we can, as a Local Dementia Action Alliance, create a dementia-friendly village where there is a greater awareness and understanding of dementia and where individuals with dementia can remain independent, having choice and control over their lives.

We also recognise how important it is for their carers to be, and feel, supported. Kenton Parish Council has assisted us with supporting our application for an Elector Fund Grant which has enabled us to go forward with the project at no cost to the community

Achievements

  • The Chair, Annette is a Dementia Friend Champion
  • We are researching the needs of the local people

Meetings

Monthly in our local Church

How to join

Please contact one of the local Dementia Action Alliance steering group members listed below:

Annette German (Chairman)

Ceri Lee (Secretary)  

Paul Harmsworth (Treasurer)   

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Alliance Members