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Swanley Dementia Friendly Community Forum

The Swanley Dementia Friendly Community Forum covers the area of the "Northern Parishes" of Sevenoaks District in Kent. It was initiated in August 2013 in response to the Kent-wide Dementia Friendly Communities work and followed earlier research and baseline work about dementia in the area.. The aim for the Forum is for local professionals, carers, people with dementia and anyone with an interest in dementia to meet quarterly and discuss issues, share good practice and to work towards the Forum's agreed action plans to encourage the area to become more dementia friendly Membership includes: Swanley Town Council, Alzheimers and Dementia Support Services, Sevenoaks District Council, Crossroads, Orchard Academy, Kent County Council:Dementia Friendly Ccommunities team, Kent Library Service response programme SDFC Forum is open to all

1 April 2016
South East
Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The purpose of the Swanley Dementia Forum is: • To transform the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers through promoting the National Dementia Declaration • Increasing awareness and understanding of dementia by providing and promoting Dementia Friends sessions • To encourage community support through engaging local businesses, professionals organisations and groups, so making The Northern Parishes including Swanley a dementia friendly community • To break down barriers and help remove stigmatisation by working within the local community and schools. • To support those with dementia, their families and carers, ensuring they are heard and can gain the help they need and have a built environment which is increasingly well designed and signed.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Challenges will include: • Engaging local organisations and sharing the importance of dementia friendly communities • Making dementia relevant to various agencies • Time allocated for staff attendance at awareness sessions and at meetings • Communications, getting the information to the more isolated members of the community and making sure that the communications are appropriate

2. Actions

  • Environment & Signage

    Work alongside local business and organisations to encourage a dementia friendly environment, including local signage, less use of acronyms, décor etc This is in its infancy but we hope to engage with at least 5 local shops and businesses to start


    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Sevenoaks council and local GP surgerys have been looking at adaptions to their reception areas and we have linked in with the work being done by the BSI in regards dementia communities and signage.

  • ‘drop in’/market place session

    Twice yearly event to be held at the local secondary school, involving advice around local services, finance, legal issues etc. Open to members of the community, we hope to engage at least 20 members of the community in each of these sessions 


    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    The first drop in event was held in July at the local secondary school, The second event is planned for Nov 13th and hosted by the local Town council

  • carers combined training

    combined project looking at carers needs, both learning to care as well as the more practical skills that may need updating such as cooking, finance, computers etc  


    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Still in research and planning stage

  • Awareness ‘Dementia Friends’

    The provision within the community of a number of dementia friends sessions, to reduce stigma and promote living well with dementia, we would hope to generate in excess of 50 dementia friends throughout the next 6 months   


    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    A number of Dementia friends sessions have taken place and also Swanley has a number of local champions able to deliver more sessions

  • Swanley Dementia friendly community Communications

    Communications are a huge issue, so the group has set up a face book page, looking at developing a paper newsletter and a local directory of services. Working with the local councils and other agencies to insure we get information to all local addresses.


    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Across the district in November we will be holding an insight gathering exercise and trialing a multiagency leaflet. Various venues have agreed to hold information and to collect peoples views