Plymouth has been shortlisted for the national Dementia Friendly Awards.
For the past few years, Plymouth City Council has been working, along with other members of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance (PDAA), to make the city more dementia friendly.
Initiatives include Dementia Friendly car parking spaces, Dementia awareness sessions for local businesses, and a Dementia Friendly Toolkit for organisations in Plymouth.
At present, there are over 3,000 people with a diagnosis of dementia, living in Plymouth and this figure is predicted to rise to approximately 3,667 by 2020. The PDAA has an ever-growing membership of organisations from a wide variety of sectors across the city, such as: healthcare, emergency services, transport, education, defence, legal services, charities, faith groups etc. In the last few months, it has welcomed new members from the retail, finance, health and leisure sectors.
Ian Sherriff, chairman of the PDAA said, “Being shortlisted as a finalist for this award is in recognition for all the hard work, energy and passion that the PDAA membership and PCC has put in over the past 4 years. Our work has also been recognised by teams of public sector workers and academics from Japan, Australia and latterly, Holland.”
Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “As a council we are committed to working with our partners to help Plymouth to become a more Dementia Friendly city.
“We are absolutely delighted that Plymouth has been shortlisted for this award – this is recognition for every organisation in the city that has done their bit and agreed to become more Dementia Friendly.”
The awards, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, take place in London on Wednesday 30 November 2016.
If you would like to find out more about the Dementia Friendly work in Plymouth and how your organisation can get involved, contact the Dementia Friendly City Co-ordinator, Claire Puckey, on 01752 398922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also sign up to be a Dementia Friend. The Alzheimer’s Society aims to create 4 million dementia friends by 2020. For more information visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk