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Dementia Friendly Gloucester Forum

Background

The Catherdral city of Gloucester, set in the Cotswolds, can trace its roots back to Roman times. The city holds an approximate population of 121700 (2011 census). The city boasts the country’s most inland port, which in recent years has seen significant regeneration, most visibly around the historic docks.  The port is recognised as the best preserved Victorian port.

The city continues to serve up an increasingly inspiring array of visitor attractions, festivals, shopping, sport and entertainment on offer to meet the needs of a 21st century audience. In 2015, Gloucester was showcased to the world as a host city for the Rugby World cup, welcoming passionate inter-nation rugby fans.

Gloucester is built on historic foundations, but is marching forward in style.

History

There are over 1,500 people living with dementia in Gloucester, and to ensure that people affected by dementia can continue to enjoy all that Gloucester has to offer, the Dementia Friendly Gloucester Forum was established in April 2016. The members represented include organisations across healthcare, education, emergency services, charities and community groups. We very much welcome new members and volunteers to support our aims and activities. Our common purpose is a commitment to work towards creating a community which enables people living with dementia and their carers to live well.

‘We can all make a difference to people living with dementia'

Aims

The Dementia Friendly Gloucester Forum's aim is to make sure that everyone from within Gloucester living with dementia is respected and enabled to continue to enjoy living their lives in their own community as well as possible for as long as possible

The group will actively work in partnership across the community to develop practical actions to support those living with dementia and those who care for them. Our commitment is to ensure that people living with dementia are at the heart of our work across the city and involved in the direction and delivery of activity. We will also establish close relationships with local community dementia friend champions and encourage their support in promotion and delivery of dementia sessions.

Meetings

All members of the Forum will be invited to meet quarterly, these meetings will include an update on actions of dedicated working groups.

Working groups are currently being established and will hold meetings as required outside of the main Forum  quarterly meetings. 

How to join 

The Dementia Friendly Gloucester Forum welcomes support from across the community.  If you are interested in coming along to a meeting, or being involved in any way, please email either Sian Jones – smeirion_jones@hotmail.com OR Lee Hawthorne Lee.Hawthorne@alzheimers.org.uk