Maidstone: Dementia Friendly Community Forum

The Maidstone Dementia Friendly Community Forum was initiated in February 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 Maidstone 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 June 2018
South East
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, West Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Ashford (Kent) Dementia Action Alliance, Canterbury Dementia Action Alliance, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Dementia Action Alliance, Dover and Deal Dementia Action Alliance, Shepway Dementia Action Alliance, Swale 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 Maidstone Dementia Forum is to:

Promote and encourage the 7 objectives  of the National Dementia Declaration Increase awareness and understanding of dementia by promoting various awareness sessions for businesses, schools and residents. Work together with people living with dementia to meet the forums aims and objectives, and working towards the forums action plans. Break down barriers and helping remove stigmatisation  Encourage networking between various agencies to allow better communication and understanding Promote the message that with support people can live well with dementia.

Membersip is open to all, and at present includes 

Maidstone Area Arts Partnership, Maidstone council, Maidstone Museum, KCC Community wardens, Garden of England Homecare, Argo Life and Legacy, Bluebird care, Kent sports, Home Instead Senior care Maidstone, Kent Libraries, registration and archives, Maidstone and Malling Carers Project, Voluntary Action Maidstone, AgeUK maidstone, Alzheimers society Kent and Medway 

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

 Challenges will include:

Making ‘Dementia’ Relevant to various agencies and businesses Time allocated for staff attendance at awareness sessions and at meetings Communications both between agencies and in getting the information to the more isolated members of the community 

2. Actions

  • Awareness

    To promote awareness sessions for local business’s schools and residents. Ensuring that awareness sessions are made available to staff of all those signed up to the Maidstone Dementia forum.     


    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    One shared priority of the group was Dementia Awareness to be promoted within all members and organisations, How are we doing?

    Maidstone council have had a front line organisation Dementia friend session with additional Meet the provider session, another to take place here at the library for staff and partners in January

    Libraries are connected with the museum by prescription project and also books on prescription

    KCC sports have provided dementia friend’s sessions in October for staff and volunteers, KCHT have been ensuring staff are trained,

    Brachers have some champions and staff are aware,

  • Communications

    The group will look at the issues of communication, looking at methods and practicalities and how best to share information with the more hard to reach areas of society.

    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    KCC updated in relation to the new care act and how it means that local authority Social care will have a duty to provide accessible information,

    not digital by default and now looking at whatever means is necessary

    A range of community agents who need to be aware locally

    Language used was discussed and some work will be happening linking this group further into the existing local information from KCC

  • Engaging young people and children

    Members of the group will look at what information and awareness is available for local young people, and how best to promote and encourage intergenerational activities 

    Being implemented

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    A number of dementia friends sessions have taken place for the younger people of the district, including a mass session for the health and social care students at mid kent college

  • Healthy Body and activities

    A working group is being put together to look at how best to encourage and promote healthy activities for people with dementia.  From the initial scoping work we hope to plan  how to take the learning and develop  for Maidstone. 


    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    A small taster event was held at the local army reserve centre. The event allowed people to try things that they have never considered, sports, activities, dance, exercise, reminiscence and involved people from local agencies, volunteers, charities etc

    While also canvasing the opinions of attendees about what they wanted and how,

    Community Wardens offered to assist with the Gates. we did not have a huge number of attendees, but those who did attend gave very ossitive feedback about the ability to try some of the activities especially the indoor curling and creative sessions