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Haywards Heath Town Council

Local Government services in Haywards Heath are shared between three authorities, West Sussex County Council, Mid Sussex District Council and Haywards Heath Town Council. Each authority has a different elected body, though some Councillors serve on more than one Council. The Town Council has several functions such as providing seats, litterbins, bus shelters and some street lighting. The Town Council is also responsible for allotments, the Cemetery and the War Memorial and provides all the flowers beds, hanging/pole baskets and the Christmas Lights displays. As the Council nearest to the people it aims to foster community spirit by holding festivals such as Spring Festival and Town Day at which local groups and organisations can get involved. The Town Council also administers a small grant scheme to support local community initiatives which benefit residents of the town. The Town Council has its own premises 'The Town Hall' where the public can come for help and advice.

Updated:
31 August 2018
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Arts, Businesses and shops, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Emergency Services Sector, Faith Groups, Health, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Schools, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Haywards Heath 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?

Haywards Heath Town Council is a proactive member of the Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance (HHDAA). Project development, event management and administrative support has been provided through our Community Liaison function and ensured that the local Alliance is established and continues to thrive.

We are committed to ensuring that those living with dementia and their Carers have a good quality of life with access to information and support.  To this end, we work closely with the HHDAA and the Alzheimer’s Society, seeking advice and consulting with people living well with dementia, to find out how best to serve their needs. Working in partnership, we have produced a leaflet providing information on local services and support. We also regularly promote the work of the HHDAA in our newsletters and website.   

The Town Council raises awareness of dementia by hosting monthly Dementia Friends sessions and helps to deliver dementia awareness events.  We also work in partnership with other agencies, including local public transport providers, to highlight the needs of those with dementia. All our Town Council staff and Councillors are Dementia Friends.

In partnership with the HHDAA and other key partners we will continue to work purposefully towards becoming a ‘Dementia Friendly’ town.

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

One of our main challenges is time constraints as the Community Liaison function covers a range of work programmes across the town.

Raising awareness of dementia amongst the business community continues to be a challenge that we will help to address. 

Member website

www.haywardsheath.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • To provide support to the Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance

    The Town Council will continue to support the development of the HHDAA by hosting meetings, Dementia Friends sessions and other related meetings at the Town Hall.  Administrative and development support will continue to be provided by the Community Liaison Officer.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • To work with the HHDAA and other partners to raise awareness and understanding of dementia

    Attend relevant meetings

    Work in partnership

    Share information and resources

    Organise regular Dementia Friends sessions

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Work towards creating a dementia friendly town

    Support the HHDAA to encourage groups and businesses to join the Alliance by attending networking events and promoting the work of the HHDAA.  

    Status:
    Being implemented