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Bury St Edmunds Dementia Action Alliance



Cannon Brewery staff become Dementia Friends

Old Cannon  Brewery staff become Dementia Friends


Bury St Edmunds is the principal town of St Edmundsbury District in western Suffolk  with a population of some 41,800, of whom more than 8,700 are 65+.

 The number of people estimated to have dementia in Bury St Edmunds in 2016 was over 940. This is expected to rise by 41% to over 1,330 in 2025.

570 people registered with a GP practice in Bury St Edmunds had a recorded dementia diagnosis in 2015. This suggests  around 60% of people with dementia have had a diagnosis recorded (compared to 44% in the UK)


The Bury St Edmunds DAA has as its principal aims to;

  • Increase awareness of dementia across the Borough by recruiting a wide range of organisations and promoting:
    • The roll out of Dementia Friends awareness sessions of all customer facing staff, members or volunteers.
    • Adoption of other dementia friendly measures as outlined in the relevant sector guidance available from the National DAA and the good practice examples of other Local DAA members actions posted on the DAA web site.
  • Elicit the views of people affected by dementia as to what areas or sectors it should focus its efforts on.
  • Establish a regular cycle of quarterly meetings for its membership, chaired by a committed and active person.
  • Develop a publicity plan to promote through the local media the work of the Alliance, its members and awareness raising and good practice generally.
  • Meet the needs for those living with a dementia plus their carers with the Bury St Edmunds area
  • Submit an application for recognition as a community that is “Working to become Dementia Friendly”.


Julie Dennis, Care UK


Bury St Edmunds Dementia Action Alliance formed a Steering Group in January 2017 to look at what actions we can take to create a Dementia Friendly Bury St Edmunds.

Over a dozen organisations have agreed to start the DAA involving those from sectors as wide ranging as  leisure , education , faith communities , local authorities , voluntary agencies legal services and a hospital.

Bury St Edmunds DAA’s page on the national DAA website went live in early April 2016; followed by a second round of recruitment activity.


Establishment of the DAA and its website and an action plan to take it forward.


Dementia Conference on Wednesday 17 May 2017 - to book or for further information please contact Maggie Woodhouse

Email: maggie.woodhouse@wsh.nhs.uk Tel: 01284 713 847

Monthly Steering Group meeting to take place. Minutes to be sent out.

Biannual meetings will take place with the wider DAA.  Dates to follow.

How to join the Bury St Edmunds DAA:

Contact:  Lauren White-Miller - Lauren.white-miller@westsuffolk.gov.uk

Useful Links:

Clarke Care - http://www.clarkecare.co.uk/

Gatehouse - http://www.gatehouse.org.uk/

Aging with Optimism - http://www.ageingwithoptimism.com/

Sue Ryder - Dementia Together - http://www.sueryder.org/care-centres/neurological-centres/the-chantry/care-services/dementia-together