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Mid Sussex District Council

Mid Sussex District Council is a local government district in West Sussex. It includes the towns of East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, with a population of approximately 139,000. The Council has three priorities - Better Environment: quality and sustainable environment, distinctive and sustainable towns and villages, Better Lives: healthy lifestyles, opportunities and quality of life for all, strong, safe communities, Better Services: efficient and effective services, strong community leadership.

Updated:
4 April 2018
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Finance, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Recreation, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Crawley Dementia Alliance, Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance, Burgess Hill Dementia Action Alliance, East Grinstead 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?

Mid Sussex District Council aims to ensure that all residents living with dementia and their carers are respected and able to enjoy living their lives in their own community as well as possible and for long as possible. Many of the large retailers, banks and public services are duplicated across the District and it is our aim to ensure people with dementia and their carers get the same level of service and accessibility when visiting our three towns/villages. The District aims to bring together the Dementia Action Alliances in the three towns, other organisations and groups to transform the lives of people living with dementia and their carers with a particular focus on engaging with our rural communities.

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

Engaging local organisations and sharing the importance of dementia friendly communities.

Making dementia relevant to various agencies.

Getting the information to the more rural and isolated members of the community and ensuring the communications are appropriate.

Member website

midsussex.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness and understanding of dementia amongst the whole community.

    The District Council will use Dementia Friends sessions, leaflets, e-learning, local education and training providers, voluntary organisations, Dementia Champions, healthcare professionals and other relevant contacts to promote initiatives that work towards dementia friendly communities.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Support the development of our local Dementia Alliances

    Attend local Dementia Action Alliance meetings.

    Disseminate information on good practice and work towards avoiding duplication of services.

    Organise an annual event that brings the Alliances together to showcase good practice, network and share knowledge.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Proactively engage with rural communities in Mid Sussex

    Raise awareness of dementia amongst rural communities by working alongside groups and organisations active in the community to raise the profile of issues around dementia.

    Promote and deliver Dementia Friends training in partnership with our local alliances to rural communities.

    Work towards having a nominated dementia champion in rural communities.

    Status:
    Planning