10th Dec, 2016

Asking the dementia experts

Joshua Godfrey 15th Apr, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MEMBERS of Evesham’s Dementia Café were asked to have their say on the action plan being drawn up to make the town ‘dementia friendly.’

As the Observer previously reported, local councillors and community groups have held initial talks in a bid to push ahead with plans to make Evesham more accessible for people with dementia.

Now members of the Dementia Café at their monthly get together last Wednesday (April 6) were asked to fill out a questionnaire on how they feel about the awareness and understanding of dementia in the town.

Their feedback will feed into an action group meeting later this month where the Action Plan to make Evesham a ‘Dementia Friendly Town’, being lead by the Alzheimer Society’s Side by Side project, will be finalised.

Jo Hughes, Side by Side Engagement & Involvement Officer, said: “In terms of developing an Action Plan for Evesham we need to ensure that we have the real ‘experts’ involved – people living with dementia.

“We have had some really insightful feedback from the people at the café with most people commenting that, if there was more awareness and understanding of dementia within the community, then it would actually make a big difference.”

For more information about how Evesham can become a dementia friendly town, or to get involved, e-mail Jo.Hughes@alzheimers.org.uk.