A council campaign to establish one of the UK’s first dementia friendly boroughs has received a pat on the back from the Government’s Accessible Britain Challenge Awards 2015.
Ribble Valley Council joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society and several businesses, community groups and public and private sector organisations to establish the area as a centre of excellence in dementia awareness.
Over 500 people attended a series of dementia awareness seminars and a network of ‘dementia friends’ and dementia-friendly places was established. Staff at the council also received training in dementia awareness, including how to deal with sufferers and signpost their families to help.
The council also joined forces with Clitheroe solicitors Chenery Maher to launch an identity capsule scheme for people with dementia. The capsules, containing crucial information on the bearer, including the contact details of carers or next of kin, were made available free-of-charge to people with dementia and their families.