East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance

Background

The East Grinstead Dementia Friendly Group started meeting in 2013 comprising representatives of councils, businesses, carers, care professionals and community groups.   The intention was to raise awareness of dementia to help make East Grinstead a dementia friendly community.  The Group formally become an alliance in 2016 to make bigger steps and to continue raising awareness. In October 2018 the alliance was recognised as qualifying to be a Dementia Friendly Community. We are working proudly to become so throughout the town.  

Aims

East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance Overarching Aims

  • Support the aims of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Dementia Action Alliance, and the National Dementia Declaration.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of dementia in East Grinstead and surrounding villages.
  • Assist in helping to make East Grinstead and the surrounding villages a dementia-friendly community.
  • Provide information on local resources and support facilities.
  • Encourage people with dementia and their family and carers to seek guidance and support.
  • To establish a Dementia Alliance Steering Group to oversee and ensure continued development of action plans.
  • Encourage organisations and businesses to become part of the East Grinstead dementia action alliance.
  • Work with Other alliances, councils and organisations to share experience and good practice

Achievements

2018 objectives were all achieved :

  • Involvement in the 2018 May Fair.
  • Liaison with Scott’s Cinema to make some screenings dementia friendly.
  • Open Day at AUKEG&D and Dementia Week in May. Other Alliances to be invited.
  • Increase membership from 18 to 25 by December 2018.
  •  Draw up an Action Plan of what it will take for the group to ensure EG can be identified as a Dementia Friendly Community.

We were delighted to have smashed the membership target (31 as at 30th November)  In addition the leaflet sponsored by the Town Council has been updated and redistributed to public outlets including GP surgeries.     

                                   Objectives for 2019

    Encourage the Big Stores (J Sainsbury) to join
    Run a Carer’s Day in Carer’s week. Carer’s week is 10th – 16th June 2019.
    Put together a programme of events for Dementia Action week. Dementia Action week is 20th – 26th May 2019
    Continue to work towards increasing membership of the EGDAA. 

Meetings

Meetings are held quarterly upstairs at East Grinstead Library, from 10.00am,  the dates for 2019 are:

Thursday 7th March

Thursday 16th May

Thursday 25th July

Thursday 7th November

              

 

How to join the LDAA

Please email:

Julie Holden: j.holden@eastgrinstead.gov.uk

Kate Bennett: kate@visiteastgrinstead.com

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