A range of activities are taking place in Plymouth to mark Dementia Awareness Week (17 – 23 May 2015).
Organisations including Plymouth City Council, Plymouth University, Barclays, Plymouth Citybus and Plymouth Community Healthcare are taking part in events throughout the week to raise awareness of dementia and encourage individuals and organisations to become more dementia friendly.
Ian Sheriff, Chairman of Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance said: “It is estimated that there are over 3000 people within Plymouth with dementia, with two-thirds of those living independently within the community.
“We hope that people take the opportunity during Dementia Awareness Week to find out more and get involved.”
Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care at Plymouth City Council said: “Plymouth City Council is committed to helping Plymouth become a more Dementia friendly city and Dementia Awareness Week gives us the perfect platform to raise awareness. So if you get the chance, come along to one of these events and find out more.”
Events taking place throughout the week include:
Monday 18 May – 10am -11am: Barclays, Armada Way – Dementia Friends session open to staff, public and local businesses
12.30pm – 3.30pm: Plympton Library: Drop-in for advice and support about Dementia for anyone living with it and their carers. The libraries’ books on prescription scheme, including books on dementia, will be promoted in all Plymouth libraries throughout the week.
Wednesday 20 May – Two all day events are taking place: Plymouth Citybus Disability Awareness Day – A bus will be parked at the Place de Brest in the city centre with Dementia Friends sessions open to all will be running throughout the day. Representatives from various other organisations such as: Oral Health CIC, Nash and Co Solicitors, Plymouth Stroke Association, Devon Fire and Rescue, and Devon and Cornwall Police.
‘Tea and Teach’ – Barclays, Armada Way: Sessions will be taking place throughout the day to help anyone, including those living with dementia, with any IT questions relating to PC, tablet, or smartphone use.
Thursday 21 May – 10am – 4pm: Alzheimer’s Society Baked Off Event, City Centre Piazza, by the big screen. People will bring baked goods to be judged by Commodore Ian Shipperly at 12 noon. Alzheimer’s Society staff will be on hand also to provide information and advice to anyone living with dementia.
Barclays, Armada Way – A dementia related event is being planned in the branch for the afternoon.
Friday 22 May – 10am – 1pm: Plymstock Library: Coffee morning for anyone living with dementia and their carers. There will be help and advice available from the Alzheimer’s Society, the opportunity to reminisce with old images and artefacts and to make a memory box to take home.
11am – 2pm: Barclays, Armada Way. The Wills Centre will have a pop-up shop in branch to advise on issues around powers of attorney.
Devon County Show – Ian Sheriff (Chairman of Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance) and Claire Puckey (Dementia lead, Plymouth City Council), will be giving information and holding a Dementia Friends session for members of the public.
Other internal events going on across Plymouth during Dementia Awareness Week include Dementia Friends sessions for the Council and Plymouth Community Homes will have an information stand for staff. A Dementia Friends session is also being held for pharmacies in Plymouth.
A range of initiatives are in place in Plymouth to help people with dementia including:
- Care homes in Plymouth have signed up for the Dementia Quality Mark
- Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance, led by Chairman Ian Sheriff from Plymouth University, has membership of over 55 organisations (check latest figure) ranging from healthcare to defence to education, transport, legal services.
- A Dementia Summit was held in March for local businesses to encourage them to sign up for Dementia Friendly Status
- Schools are also signed up to the Dementia Quality Mark and Stoke Damerel Community College won a national Dementia Friendly School Award last year from the Alzheimer’s Society.
- Plymouth City Council along with other partners has developed a Dementia Friendly Toolkit to provide organisations with information, guidance and ideas to help become more Dementia Friendly. The toolkit can be downloaded from the Council website at plymouth.gov.uk/dementia
- In addition, anyone can sign up to be a Dementia Friend. For more information visit dementiafriends.org
For more information on Dementia Awareness Week call 01752 398922.