Action Alliance launched to help support people with dementia

Published on: Tuesday, 10th May 2016

Two new organisations dedicated to raising awareness and supporting people with dementia are being launched as part of Derbyshire County Council's ongoing commitment to supporting people with the condition.

There are around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia and in Derbyshire this means almost 11,000 people aged over 65 are thought to be affected.

Action alliances encourage and support communities and organisations to take simple steps that help people with dementia to live well and independently and two are being set up in Amber Valley and Erewash.

The launches of the action alliances have been planned to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week which is led by the Alzheimer's Society and runs from 15-21 May.

The launch events are open to anyone who would like to come and the details are:
- Amber Valley Action Alliance launch - 17 May, Florence Shipley Community Care Centre, Market Place, Heanor. From 1pm-4pm. The event will include some presentations and talks from various support projects as well as a number of information stalls.

- Erewash Dementia Action Alliance launch - 20 May, Ilkeston campus, Derby College, 2 Pimlico, Ilkeston. From 2pm-5pm. The event will include speeches from people with dementia, their carers and a number of health professionals as well as market stalls, crafts and activities.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Councillor Paul Smith said: 'Supporting local alliances means that we're helping to build communities that are better equipped to serve people with dementia and their families whether that's through support services or our prevention work.

'We welcome the new Amber Valley and Erewash Dementia Alliances and hope to see more set up in the future.'

The county council is already a member of the wider Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance along with 27 other organisations in Derbyshire who contribute to raising funds and awareness.

All members pledge to develop an action plan which outlines what they aim to do to improve the lives of local people living with dementia.

The new action alliances will join other local alliances that have been set up around the county including Chesterfield, Buxton and South Derbyshire.

Both launch events end with information sessions about Dementia Friends - an initiative set up by the Alzheimer's Society to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around the condition.

Residents can find out more about dementia and the county council's support services at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/dementia

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