Bishop Auckland Town Council
Bishop Auckland Town Council was established in May 2007 and it is the desire of all the councillors to serve and promote Bishop Auckland and to give the town a voice whenever it is needed. All councillors live in Bishop Auckland and party-political considerations are very much secondary to the well-being of their town. The Town Council has 11 elected Councillors, comprised of 6 Labour Party, 3 Wear Valley Independents, 1 Liberal Democrat and 1 UK Independence Party. Bishop Auckland Town Council has an office based in The Four Clocks Centre in Newgate Street and currently employs a full time Town Clerk, part time Assistant Town Clerk and full time Admin Assistant.
- 5 October 2015
- North East
- Local Authorities
- Local Alliances:
- County Durham Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia 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?
Bishop Auckland Town Council has made a pledge to become Dementia Friendly. We have started this pledge by having two Dementia Champions, one is a councillor and the other is the assistant town clerk. This has enabled us to understand more about Dementia and the ways in which we can help and raise awareness.
Office staff at the Council are all now dementia friends and this will help us to better support and understand the needs of people who live with dementia and their carers. It is our aim to involve as many businesses and services in the Town as possible so that people who live Dementia and their carers feel comfortable in the knowledge that they can visit Bishop Auckland and have a nice experience with like minded people, who are fully aware of Dementia, and the small ways in which they can help through Dementia Friends Information Sessions provided by champions.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Challenges for the Council are reaching organisations and groups and encouraging them to take the time to become Dementia Friends.
Bishop Auckland Town Council had full backing from Council members to work towards making Bishop Auckland a Dementia Friendly Town. From there we have formed the steering group with the specific purpose of making Bishop Auckland a Dementia Friendly Town. The group is made up of local people from the Bishop Auckland Professional Community who have a passion to make a difference to people who live with Dementia and their Carers in the Bishop Auckland Area. The Assistant Town Clerk, Sheila Horner and Councillor Ann Golightly have become Dementia Champions and have already rolled out Dementia Friends Information Sessions in the town. We have also agreed that Councillor Anne Golightly (Bishop Auckland Town Council) would Chair the Group, Sheila Horner (Assistant Town Clerk at Bishop Auckland Town Council) would be the Secretary. The group issued a press release in May to coincide with Awareness week.
Working towards a Dementia Friendly Bishop Auckland
Bishop Auckland Town Council has pledged full support to work towards making Bishop Auckland a Dementia Friendly Town and are working closely with the Alzheimers Society. We have formed a steering group and have made 150 new Dementia Friends so far. Last year (2014/15) our Mayor’s chosen charity was in aid of Alzheimers Society and raised £1,800.
Improving our Understanding of Dementia
Staff at the council are Dementia Friends, we have two trained dementia champions so have a greater understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and the small ways in which we can help. Our champions will also raise awareness in the community and ensure any new council members are Dementia Friends.
Providing Information to the Community
The Town Council will use the reception area in the Four Clocks Centre to be a point of information for leaflets and any other literature proved by the Alzheimers Society. The Four Clocks Centre is also a recognised ‘Place of Safety’ for Bishop Auckland.