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Thorpe St Andrew Town Council

The town council work for 16,000+ residents living in Thorpe St Andrew. We have 16 town councillors covering all council matters including - planning applications, Finance & Staff and town Events. Thorpe St Andrew Town Council are working for the residents, and plans to introduce a dementia café from July 2017 are in place. We hope to make the town a Dementia friendly place to live.

17 May 2017
East of England
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Broadland 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?

We aim to provide a better understanding of dementia within the town as a whole. With better understanding, we will be able to provide the support required to individuals  and their carers.

Our café will provide support, training and signposting for our carers as well as cared for clients. Also we are looking at speakers e.g. - local legal advice for financial/ well being powers of attorney.

Clients with little or no support at present will be able to learn more of the help  that is available to them e.g. - Swifts and Night Owls services. Also other supportive groups.

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

Our challenges include the training for our councillors/staff to include the fact that 'dementia' is the large umbrella , underneath which Alzheimer's/vascular dementia/frontal lobe and a variety of dementia types sits.

Greater understanding with our local business's and a commitment from them to become active dementia friendly businesses and dementia aware.

We need to be aware that for some activities/ speakers we may need to find funding.

We need to be mindful that with research, and goverment support, things are changing - and that we need to be up to date with progress. This information needs to be fed correctly back to our clients within the town.




2. Actions

  • To provide a safe and secure meeting place for people living with dementia and their carers

    The dementia café will be run by experienced, trained dementia advisors. Our aim is to create a safe and relaxed environment for our clients and their carers to come to for support, friendship and advice. To include stimulation for clients and promote well being. 

    Being implemented
  • Make Thorpe St Andrew (TSA) a dementia friendly Town

    We will approach local businesses with plans for making TSA a dementia friendly town, and how they can as a business become more aware of the issues arising from dementia. (e.g. local Co-op have signage on till) and how to deal with customers that may show challenging behaviour.

    Residents will be encouraged to support council plans and café by volunteering to learn and develop their knowledge of dementia as a whole.

    Being implemented
  • Support government action plan - follow 5 year vision as set by Dementia 2020

    The town plans to follow the government action plan from 2009 (as set by then PM David Cameron) to be part of the National Dementia Strategy, following the NICE/SCIE guidelines of 2006.

    Being implemented