Warminster Community Area Dementia Action Alliance

About the Warminster Community Area

Warminster Community area has a population of around 24,000 and includes the villages of Codford, Chitterne, Upton Scudamore, Maiden Bradley, Horningsham and Chapmanslade. The number of older people living in Warminster is higher than the average, both nationally and in Wiltshire.  It is a rural area surrounding a thriving market town.  The town is an important centre for people who live in the community area to access a wide range of services including health, education, leisure, shops and employment.

Warminster is a vibrant community with a number of local events, festivals and fairs that take place throughout the year and across the community area. The Civic Centre, home of the Town Council is a well-used community amenity with many groups and associations using the meeting spaces available.  The town is also the base of a ‘Community Hub’, run by and for local people from across the area.  This project and others such as Cornerstone information and advice aims to develop an inclusive and welcoming community where people can be positively engaged, enjoy informal learning opportunities, overcome social isolation, develop opportunities for local solutions to local issues through community action, access services locally and reduce the need to travel.

The Background to Dementia Friendly Warminster

One of the priorities following the 2014 Joint Strategic Assessment (JSA) in Warminster was to become a Dementia Friendly Community.  This is increasingly important as the population grows older and the number of people with dementia and those looking after them as informal carers is increasing year on year.  Support to people with Dementia and their Carers was also cited as a top priority in the 2016 Our Community Matters event held in November 2016.

A Dementia Friendly steering group was established following the JSA and set up a Safe Places scheme in the town which helps to support people with Dementia and their carers when they are out and about.

In September 2016, Warminster Area Board (a local arm of Wiltshire Council) set up a Health and Wellbeing Group.  The aim of this group is to provide a community led local forum to facilitate the coordination of joined up services for older, disabled people and informal carers living within the Warminster area. The Health and Wellbeing group has a steering group which meets regularly and also a wider forum which meets every three months.

The Dementia Friendly steering group has now been incorporated within the Health and Wellbeing group. The new group has agreed to registering a Dementia Action Alliance for Warminster and the surrounding villages, building on the work already undertaken by the Dementia Friendly steering group.

Aims and Objectives

The overarching aims of the Warminster Community Area Dementia Action Alliance (WCADAA) are to:

  • Ensure that everyone from the Warminster Community Area living with dementia and their carers are respected and enabled to continue to enjoy living their lives in their own community as well as possible for as long as possible.
  • Raise awareness and spread the word that life doesn’t have to end when dementia begins, and to encourage the whole community to support people living with dementia.
  • Work towards the Warminster Community Area, voluntary and statutory services, business and the wider community all  becoming a Dementia Friendly Community for people with dementia, their carers and families.

The group’s objectives are:

  • To seek membership from businesses and organisations in the Warminster Community Area.
  • To support members in the formation of their own action plans
  • To establish and maintain effective communication through a wide variety of media
  • To develop a network of Dementia Friends Champions who will be available to raise awareness of dementia through Dementia Friends Information Sessions.
  • To ensure that the voices of people with dementia, their carers and families are heard and guide our work
  • To promote and encourage local activities that support the people living with dementia, their carers and families.  E.g. a Memory Café.  

Membership

The WCADAA is made up of a core steering group and a wider group of members who form the full Alliance. Businesses, clubs, charities and other organisations are encouraged to become members of the WCADAA.

 The core steering group meets as part of the Health and Wellbeing group and is made up of key community members, representing the following:

  • Warminster  Town Council
  • Warminster Area Board, Wiltshire Council
  • Alzheimer’s Support
  • Age UK
  • Wiltshire Carers Support
  • Wiltshire Healthwatch
  • Warminster Carers Champion
  • Warminster Older People’s Champion
  • Warminster Community Safety Forum
  • Experts by experience (local residents living with Dementia and their carers)

How to join

The Warminster Community Area Dementia Action Alliance welcomes support and membership from across the community, including businesses, clubs, charities, schools and other organisations.  If you are interested in joining, coming along to a meeting, having a Dementia Friends session or being involved in any way please email Jacqui Abbott Jacqui.abbott@wiltshire.gov.uk or Tel: 01722 434 344