Anne, Senior Fitness Officer at Grange Leisure, has been working tirelessly with the Alzheimers Society to work towards making us Dementia Friendly.
What does Dementia Friendly status mean?
Dementia Friendly status means that we are recognised as offering support for anyone visiting the centre with dementia.
Anne said: ‘We all know of someone who is or has been affected by this disease and how it can have an enormous impact on many people’s lives, so if we can do something to make life a little bit easier we’re only too happy to.’
This project was first started in 2017 when Cllr Carol Ennis and Anne met to brainstorm how we, Stratton St Margaret Parish Council, could do more…
‘We started very small, with a decorated table in reception, some leaflets that I had managed to source and our enthusiasm.
Roll on twelve months and the progress has been wonderful. The staff and councillors have taken part in Dementia Awareness training. The training was very powerful and had an impact on all those who attended. It really gives you an insight into the condition and how simple changes and kindness can make a difference to anyone who may be finding day to day activities are becoming a challenge.
We now have a committee of councillors, support groups and the Alzheimer’s Society who are going to work with local business and services to really make a difference.’
Dementia Friends Awareness Training
As part of our commitment to making Stratton St Margaret Parish Council and the buildings we manage Dementia Friendly, we will be looking to sign people up to one of the Dementia Friend’s Awareness training sessions.
The training sessions are open to the public, staff and Councillors on the following dates
- Tuesday 3 July at 7pm
- Monday 16 July at 1pm
The sessions last 45 minutes and are free to attend. A Dementia Friend’s pin is given to all who attend the training.
This is all part of a project Anne has been leading with Susan Lambert, Dementia Friendly Coordinator, Public Health Team at Swindon Borough Council. Susan will be working with the Alzheimer’s society to gain our accreditation. It is hoped to have this in place for presentation to the Chairman at the Festival, so fingers crossed!
‘I have spoken to and met so many wonderful people during this past year and I am heartened by how kind and understanding people are. Our enthusiasm remains and I am confident that we will be successful and “Make Stratton Dementia Friendly”.’
Many staff have already undergone training sessions which offer advice on how to help anyone with dementia visiting the centre, which we’ve found invaluable. We are awaiting a visit so we adapt Grange Leisure accordingly.
We’ll keep you posted on our progress!
To read more on Dementia Friendly communities take a look at the Alzheimers website.