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Leominster Town Council

Leominster Town Council is a parish council, consisting of a Chairman (The Mayor) and fifteen other Councillors. It is the first tier of local government and is autonomous from Herefordshire Council which is the unitary authority serving the County of Herefordshire. The Town Council has a budget of just under £500,000 and is considered a larger council. Its services include open space and play area management, allotments, street cleaning, public conveniences and Tourist Information. It provides a range of services locally which are set out in its Corporate Strategy.

Updated:
31 March 2017
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Dementia Friendly Leominster

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?

Leominster Town Council wishes to support Dementia Friendly Leominster to implement, encourage and support actions in our local community which enable people and their carers to live well with dementia and to support awareness raising within our community.

We wish Leominster to be a place where people with dementia and carers, both residents and visitors, feel supported, safe and included.

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

Our first starting point is to get organisations to sign up to the DAA. We, together with Dementia Friendly Leominster, are trying to support the development of this initiative but there is a great deal more to achieve including engagement with shops, business and services and explain what the initiative is trying to achieve and encourage them to sign up.

Once we have this momentum which we hope will develop during 2017 we will be aiming to further engage with people with dementia and family carers. We have attended a number of events with a stand/display but there has been limited engagement. We think this is because in a small market town people know each other and there may be some reluctance relating to stigma. We wish to break down any stigma and make Leominster truly dementia friendly.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Leominser

    Continue to support and contribute to the development of Dementia Friendly Leominster and aim to achieve recognition of being a Dementia Friendly Community.

    We will continue to

    • encourage all Councillors and staff members to attend a Dementia Friends session.
    • encourage and support the delivery of public Dementia Friends sessions within the community (The current Mayor is a Dementia Friends Champion).
    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Consultation

    Where possible and appropriate, consult with local organisations representing people affected by dementia when making decisions or reviewing services. Endeavour to establish what issues they face living in the community and work with other stakeholders to build this into local strategy.

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Communication

    Continue to develop communication between the Town Council and the Leominster Meeting Centre for people with dementia and carers. To use existing networks (such as Destination Leominster and the Leominster Business Group) to help facilitate communication between the Leominster Meeting Centre and organisations, community groups and businesses within Leominster. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New member