Glastonbury Dementia Action Alliance

We are a small market town of just under 10,000 inhabitants located in the centre of Somerset in the South West of England.  We are also a massive tourist destination, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.  Most people have heard of Glastonbury Festival, which isn't actually in Glastonbury but in the village of Pilton, about 5 miles away.  Demographic research has shown that the population of this area in general and this town in particular is ageing dramatically and this is set to increase over the next ten to twenty years.  I don't know how many people actually have dementia in the town at present but we have four institutions all of which have wards/specific activities aimed at people with dementia either on a residential or day-care basis.  Other day-care sessions are run by different groups within the town but not linked to a particular institution.

The demographic research highlighted above has led the town to think what we can do more to cater for our ageing population.  Becoming more dementia friendly and raising awareness not only for our residents but also for our visitors is something we have decided to undertake.

To raise awareness of dementia in as many local businesses as possible so as to improve services provided to members of our community and visitors to our town with dementia.

 Aims:

  • To deliver basic dementia friends training to as many members of our community as possible, young and old so as to encourage a dementia friendly ethos.
  •  To increase provision of dedicated activities  and initiatives for people with dementia and their carers.
  •  To link with other towns in the area to increase outreach to people with dementia and their carers in rural areas around the town.

Chair: Bill Knight - knight7277@btinternet.com

Secretary: Rowena Francis - revrowenafrancis@gmail.com

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Meetings as arranged in a variety of locations. If you would you like to attend please contact us.