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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

 Objectives since 2017 have all been achieved including :

  • Involvement in the Lions May Fair.
  • Carers Days.
  • Increase membership .
  • For EG to be identified as a Dementia Friendly Community.
  • produce a signposting leaflet to be available at GP surgeries and other places in town.

.                                       2020 objectives

Turn the Town Blue for Dementia Action Week

Purchase 10 sets of Alive Inside Headphones to donate to library and Age Uk (East Grinstead)

Continue to Increase membership and awareness      

                                  

Meetings

Meetings are held quarterly upstairs at East Grinstead Library, from 10.00am,  the dates for 2020 are:

26th February

6th May

12th August

4th November              

 

How to join the LDAA

Please email:

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

Kate Bennett: kate@visiteastgrinstead.com

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