Earlier in the week, our Home Instead team was lucky enough to enjoy the Ageing Well in Wales event in Denbigh Town Hall.
The event focused attention on working together to make the community dementia friendly, with opportunities to share information and ideas.
Various speakers steered the event, which included:
- Steve Huxton, Ageing Well in Wales
- Jo Lane, Alzheimer’s Society
- Reverend Brian Harvey, Dementia Friendly Flint
- Peter Harrison, Dementia Friendly Prestatyn
- Matt Hazelwood, Denbighshire County Council
- Kirsten Perrin and Jayne Goodrick
The environment was such that it welcomed and encouraged commitments to take actions that would help support the initiative.
The overall idea is to get the local communities working together to ensure that North Wales is in the position to gain the recognition of working towards becoming dementia friendly.
Our Community Relations Manager, Lucie Williams, came back from the event really pleased ‘seeing the effect of the event to new corners’.
‘I don’t think we’ll be waiting long to hear about Denbigh DFC (dementia friendly community) taking off. I hadn’t met Brian before today, so it was great to hear his story. Peter (from Dementia Friendly Prestatyn) made me smile as always.’
As an organisation, we are extremely keen to get involved with this initiative and eventually become working towards becoming dementia friendly ourselves.
However, until then, we are helping to really push for the town of Abergele to gain recognition.
Our team has brought together connections from all aspects of community life in Abergele and from this managed to form a steering group that will drive the idea forward.
Lucie (CRM) has expressed huge dedication and commitment to the initiative that she has volunteered her time to be the secretary, with great aspirations for the future of the group:
‘I hope someday I’ll be able to stand and talk about the successes of ADFC in the same way you do (Peter from Dementia Friendly Prestatyn).’
A diagnosis of dementia shouldn’t be the end of normal life and instead bring social isolation.
Help us on our mission to create a community that everyone can remain included in.
For more information about what's going on in Abergele, please head to the website: Abergele Dementia Friendly Community.
To know more about the Dementia Friendly Communities, visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20079/dementia_friendly_communities.
At Home Instead, we have our own Dementia Champions who deliver the Dementia Friends information session to every new CAREGiver.
If you would like us to deliver one of these dementia friends information sessions to a group you attend, please get in touch: [email protected]