Wealden Dementia Action Alliance
Covering 323 square miles, Wealden is the largest district in East Sussex, and is home to some 148,900 people. Half the population lives in five main towns: Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield, Polegate and Uckfield. The rest live in villages and hamlets in some of the most attractive countryside in the South of England. With two-thirds of the district covered by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Downs National Park, as well as 34 conservation areas and over 2,500 listed buildings, Wealden has to place a high value on protecting the countryside
Just over 685,000 people are living with Dementia in the UK, with 122,000 of those people are in the South East and 2,832 of those are living in Wealden. (Alzheimer’s Society)
The number of people living with dementia is expected to rise in by 156% between now and 2051, and experts say the burden will fall on rural areas where there are significantly higher proportion of elderly people. (Rural Services Network)
From listening to the Alzheimer’s Society and hearing about the fast increase of Dementia throughout the Country, it was time Wealden started to work together with partners across the district to help those residents afftected by dementia, their carers, friends and families. Also to understand what was already going on in our district and how we could support these groups.
After gaining funding from the Wealden Strategic Partnership, we were able to set up the alliance and have a launch to show our commitment. Speaking to various partners, community groups, care homes etc. throughout the district we realised there was already a lot going on, but we needed to help support and bring it together.
By providing training in the district in our towns and villages, we hope to support them in becoming dementia friendly, by having lots of Dementia Friends in Wealden!
- Working with Dementia Friends Champions, raise awareness of Dementia in the various businesses and voluntary sector within the area, including leisure facilities.
- Raise awareness of dementia in Wealden to ensure we are inclusive of people with dementia and carers to help improve their ability to remain independent and have choice and control over their lives
- Create a Dementia Friendly Community, so that people with dementia and those who care for them are encouraged to seek help and are supported by their community
- To continue to consult with people with dementia to find out how best to support them to be able to enjoy living in our town
Tel: 01323 443322