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Building a Dementia Friendly Tonbridge

This forum is made from local people businesses and agencies who have all committed to improving the lives of the local residents living with dementia

6 March 2016
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?

As we are a group focused on work in the Tonbridge area we are looking to improve lives locally, while also keeping our links open with the Wider Kent Dementia Action Alliance and our local West Kent Dementia Action Alliance.

During Dementia awareness week 2015 we held a workshop to look at what we have going for us in Tonbridge and also what areas need greater work and consideration. We have active support from our local MP.

The event was held to encourage members of the Tonbridge Community to come along, take part in a dementia friends’ session and to then join in a workshop based activity to better understand where Tonbridge stands at present and how it can be helped to become dementia friendly.


Over 30 people attended and we had a good mixture of residents, businesses and organisations.


Since then we have formed a steering group representing many sectors of the local community and are now looking at implementing a number of actions designed to improve the outlooks of those locally in response to the insight gained in our launch event.

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

The challenges we face include issues such as funding, time and commitment to be able to progress. Also in engaging different sectors of the local community, particularly those already isolated.

We have a number of Dementia friends champions and we are hoping that this will give us a good start.

2. Actions

  • Provide Awareness Raising activities to increase understanding of dementia

    Provide Dementia Friends and other awareness raising events to raise awareness and understanding of dementia in the Tonbridge area. Identifying businesses, organisations, social clubs etc who can benefit from these sessions. We have made contact with local businesses including Abbey Funeral Services , Bubbles Laundrette, Gorgeous George, local hairdressers, Country Garden florist, Warner Solicitors, Beales shopping centre, Boots the chemist, Tonbridge Osteopath and Specsavers to deliver Dementia Friends sessions to their staff. Use local press and social media to raise awareness of the issues and local events. Contribute to the Dementia Friendly Kent website

    Being implemented
  • Encourage community support by engaging with local businesses, clubs and organisations

    We will continue to identify and engage with businesses in Tonbridge to deliver Dementia Friends sessions to staff, particularly targeting those businesses who work closely with older people We will continue to work with clubs and Churches to raise awareness of dementia and to identify needs We intend to establish a ‘buddy’ scheme to support new businesses working towards becoming dementia friendly by pairing them with more experienced businesses to provide support in developing action plans and working towards objectives Promote the concept of dementia friendly businesses and organisations by encouraging the use of the DAA symbol The group hopes through this agency to include dementia awareness as part of the healthy business scheme. We would like to engage with the council’s planners to consider the needs of those living with dementia when approving plans for new or change of use businesses

  • Maintain contact with other organisations

    We have established links with and are maintaining relationships with: The Kent and West Kent Dementia Action Alliances The local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society Age UK We will continue to look for opportunities to work in partnership with other agencies and organisations, including other Dementia Friendly Communities to share best practice

  • Support and be an advocate for those residents living with dementia, their families and carers

    The group hopes to support this in the future by acting effectively as a pressure group and advocacy group, but we need to expand our existing membership to achieve this