Town Council staff undergo Dementia Friends training - The Evesham Observer

Town Council staff undergo Dementia Friends training

Evesham Editorial 10th Mar, 2017   0

EVESHAM Town Council staff have undergone Dementia Friends training as part of the continued campaign to become a dementia-friendly town.

The town council is a key partner in the Evesham Dementia Action Alliance, the group leading the town’s bid to become dementia-friendly, and as part of that committed their staff to become Dementia Friends.

The training involves learning more about dementia and ways in which we can help those living with dementia lead more fulfilling and happy lives.

Town clerk Stuart Carter said: “We want to make those living with dementia in Evesham feel supported and live a happy and active life and this is just one small action we felt was important to help support them in achieving this.

“All our staff are customer-facing and the skills learned at the session means that anybody with dementia can feel reassured when interacting with town council staff.”

Keeley Waldron, senior Dementia Friends regional officer for the West Midlands, said: “Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country.

“Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.

“It’s all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia, to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.”

Anyone interested in becoming a Dementia Friend and helping support Evesham’s campaign to become a dementia-friendly town can contact the Alzheimer Society’s Worcestershire office on 01905 621868 to find out details of sessions being organised by the Evesham DAA.

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