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Wellington Dementia Action Alliance

Background

Wellington is a small market town in rural South West Somerset, some 7 miles south of Taunton, in the Taunton Deane borough, near the border with Devon, which runs along the Blackdown Hills to the south. The town has a population of cir.15,000. including many dependant villages including West Buckland, Langford Budville, Nynehead, Sampford Arundel, Sampford Moor and Rockwell Green (TA21).
25% of the local population are over 65 and this percentage is growing thus making dementia a significant concern.

History

We have identified the need to build on the town's already strong base of professional knowledge and practical skills currently used by those living with dementia, their carer and families which over the years has been an integral part of our community.
With an unprecedented period of housing growth in Wellington, there is a strong voluntary base and army of unsung heroes within the town all of whom can help sustain a DAA in Wellington.

Aim

To transform the quality of life of people living with dementia and memory loss,their carers and families, to ensure they are treated with respect and dignity by our community.

ACTION ONE:
To establish a Steering Group.
Representation should come from a cross section of the Wellington community,to include business operators, service providers, councillors and members ofthe public, whether affected by dementia or not. Key roles such as chairpersonand secretary should be agreed, plus other responsibilities as determined bythe SG e.g. School liaison, Dementia Champion liaison, social mediacoordinator, press officer.
ACTION TWO:
Consult with people living with dementia and memory loss, their carers and family members.
ACTION THREE:
Devise and execute a structured and well planned marketing campaign.
ACTION FOUR:
Run introduction sessions to a wide and diverse cross section of outlets.
Encourage the wider community to be dementia aware.
ACTION FIVE:
To recruit local DAA membership within the TA21 area.

 

How to join the DAA.

General enquiries  info@wellingtondaa.org 
Correspondence  secretary@wellingtondaa.org

Meeting timings and venue will be as agreed by the group and advised by email accordingly.

Alliance Members