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Tunbridge Wells: Dementia Friendly Community Forum

The Tunbridge Wells Dementia Friendly Community Forum was initiated in January 2014 in response to the Kent Wide Dementia friendly communities work. The ethos of the forum is to encourage as many local people, professionals, carers, people with dementia and anyone with an interest in dementia, to work together in the aim to make the Tunbridge wells district Dementia Friendly. The group aims to meet quarterly and discuss issues, share good practice and to work towards the forums agreed actions and priorities in order to improve the lives of people living with dementia. Membership is open to all

1 April 2016
South East
Other, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, West Kent 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 Tunbridge Wells Dementia Forum is to:

  • Promote and encourage the 7 objectives  of the National Dementia Declaration
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of dementia by providing and promoting various awareness sessions for businesses, schools and public.
  • Work together with people living with dementia to meet the forums aims and objectives, and working towards the forums action plans.
  • Breaking down barriers and helping remove stigmatisation by working within the local community and schools.
  • Encouraging networking between various agencies to allow greater understanding and appropriate signposting.
  • To support those with dementia, their families and carers, ensuring they are heard and can gain the help they need.
  • Promote the message that with support people can live well with dementia. 

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

Challenges will include:

  • Coordination of projects across a number of agencies and groups.
  • Transportation, much of Tunbridge Wells is rural, and transportation may be a big issue.
  • Communications, getting the information to the more isolated members of the community and making sure that the communications are appropriate
  • Publicity, many press and papers prefer to look at the negative aspects as it is more sensational.

2. Actions

  • Schools engagement

    Stage one: Research existing work being done in the local school, as well as looking at various possible projects that can be promoted and trailed in Tunbridge wells. looking at Intergenerational work and aspects of communication and understanding in an aim to reduce the stigma and misunderstandings around dementia

    Stage Two: Encourage engagement with local schools to trial a local project

    We hope to encourage at least one secondary school and a few primary schools to work with us on a pilot project  

    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Focused locations

    Stage one: work to identify a rural community that we can focus a small dementia friendly community in. The second community will be Tunbridge wells town centre as an urban town centre community

    Stage Two: understand existing provision and a local baseline of understanding within the community

    Stage Three: look at measures to encourage the specific area to become dementia friendly in the hope that the ripple effect will then spread the measures out into the wider community

    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    members have been linking in with other agencies such as carers first and looking at how smaller more rural areas cope, we hope she will update more at the next meetingNew member

  • Carers Conference

    A local financial company are interested in working with our forum to deliver a carers conference later in the year. A working group is getting together to look at the possibilities

    We hope to encourage a number of local organisations to assist in this project and  for the event to reach at least 70% capacity for the conference.


    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This action is on hold at the moment

  • Life history work

    Stage one: Investigate the life history work taking place in other areas, and seeing how we can replicate or evolve it for working in Tunbridge Wells.

    Stage Two: If practical, look at how best to work in Tunbridge wells to encourage the use and completion of Life History books.

    We hope that this project (If deemed practical) will encourage the development of life history books across the district, both for thos with dementia as well as those without. 

    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Dementia Flowchart and local directory

    To design and implement use of a local directory and flowchart of services for the locality. Including Dementia friendly organisations and clubs.

    This hopefully will allow a better understanding local of what is available and lead to more appropriate signposting to services, as well as encouraging people with dementia to maintain the social activities that they had prior to diagnosis. 

    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Tunbridge Wells older persons forum are working at raising awareness generally within the older people of Tunbridge wells, having worked with others to produce some guides to accessing information and services locally

  • Jive Party Launch

    In order to launch Tunbridge wells as a dementia friendly community we are hosting a day of awareness and fun.

    In the morning we are looking to hold a Whose Shoes awareness session for anyone who may wish to attend to learn more about living with dementia. followed by, in the afternoon a ‘Jive Party’ for the local community, This should be an informal session allowing a bit of fun, inclusion, social as well as networking aspects

    We hope that the event is well attended and aim for a mixture of people working and living with dementia so that they can mix in a more social environment. 


    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    The event went well, everyone had a great time and the work in Tunbridge wells has been launched.

  • Business and retail engagement and training

    Its recognised that the 'everyday things' are often overlooked, and as such a huge part of peoples daily lives are not getting the help thats needed

    An effort will be made to engage and involve local business and retail in our work here in Tunbridge wells

    Being implemented