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isle of sheppey dementia friendly community forum

The Sheppey Dementia Friendly Community Forum was initiated in May 2014 in response to the Kent Wide Dementia friendly communities work. The aim for the forum is for local professionals, carers, people with dementia and anyone with an interest in dementia to meet and discuss issues, share good practice and to work towards the forums agreed action plans to make the area dementia friendly Membership includes: Swale Council, Alzheimer’s society, KCHT, Age uk, The oasis academy isle of Sheppey, Adult social care, Sheppey healthy living centre, Avante, Fire service, Dementia inspired, local residents Kent County Council: Dementia friendly communities team, Libraries, response programme, and open to all

1 April 2016
South East
Arts, Care, Communication, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Health, Faith Groups, Schools, Education Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Kent 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 Sheppey Dementia Forum is:


  • To engage with and listen to the views of the residents across the area.
  • 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, making Sheppey a friendly community
  • Breaking down barriers and helping remove stigmatisation by working within the local community and schools.
  • to communicate with people with dementia and their carers/supporters by all advertising in the local media and posters in public buildings etc for those without access to a computer

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

  • Hold an event to create awareness of dementia

    Initail scoping and planning is underway to look at how a local event can be managed and how it should be run, what would be enjoyed and how it should be advertised,

  • Target businesses in the high street and shopping centres to make them dementia aware

    A leaflet is being designed to assist in encouraging the engagement and participation of people living with dementia

  • Create a catalogue / database of local services for people with dementia and present it in a easy to access format

    The forum has a sub group looking at local provision, both of what is available in the area specifically for people with dementia and also looking at what is available in the area that can be open and made inclusive for people living with dementia and how this can be achieved.

  • Youth engagement

    The local secondary school , The oasis academy are a very active part of the Sheppey dementia forum and are working with partners to promote awareness with the young people. So far the school is engaging with a local care home, testing a dementia resource pack, and providing a diary of events to take place over the year including 6 themed older person / dementia café events

    Planning, Implementation