The Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum were this year voted as ‘The most Inspiring Dementia Friendly Community’ at the annual Dementia Friendly Kent Awards Ceremony held at Oakwood House Hotel in Maidstone on Friday 20th October 2017.
The Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum is a multi-agency and local person forum working together to make the Sevenoaks area more dementia friendly. Consisting of people representing residents, businesses and the local council, the group focus on promoting the local DFC forum, strengthening local partnerships and raising awareness of local services and projects.
One of the key events organised in 2017 was the ‘Run, Walk or Push Against Dementia’ event which saw 500 participants take part in a 3k, 5k, or 10k distance around Knole Park, with just under £4,500.00 being raised for the Sevenoaks DFC.
Money raised from the event has been put towards the running of the Forget-me-not Cafés in Edenbridge, Westerham and Sevenoaks which provide help, support and companionship to those living with dementia as well as their family, friends and carers.
The Westerham Forget-me-not Café was a finalist in the ‘Intergenerational Activity Award’ for working across the generations to benefit both those affected by dementia and younger people.
Symone Salwan, Co-chair of the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum, Founder of the Forget-me-not Cafés and Edenbridge resident said: “We are honoured to be recognised for our work over the last 3 years to help those with dementia remain living well in our local community by raising awareness, improving local services and reducing stigma. The Forget-Me-Not Cafés have been so successful and the fundraising from our Dementia Run ensures their sustainability and has allowed us to open a third Café running in The Hayloft at Knole.”
Picture: L-R: Vice Chairman Pat Bosley (SDC), Coreen Ayres (TG Baynes), Elaine Murray-Ferris (The Good Care Group), Symone Salwan (Home Instead Senior Care), Anton Tavernier-Gustave (Sevenoaks DC, Ian Bosley.