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South Ribble strengthens its ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ status

Excellent progress has been made to boost South Ribble’s ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ status, as it was announced today (2 August 2018) that three Leyland-based organisations have been awarded the ‘Dementia Charter for South Ribble’.

The South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance confirmed that Progress Housing Group, St Ambrose Church, and South Ribble Borough Council have met the criteria to be awarded the Charter.

They have all pledged that both the organisation and staff will work towards dementia-friendly policies and strategies to deliver a positive experience for those living with dementia.

Launched in May this year, South Ribble’s Dementia Charter contains four pledges:

  • ‘Members of our organisation become Dementia Friends’
  • ‘New policies and strategies will consider people living with dementia’
  • ‘Our place of business is friendly and welcoming and designed to help people with dementia have a positive experience’
  • ‘Our events consider the needs of people living with dementia so that they are able to fully participate in community life’

Councillor Karen Walton, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Wellbeing at South Ribble Borough Council, said: “We want to encourage as many businesses, community groups, services and public sector organisations as possible to become part of the Charter Community. This will help to ensure that our town centres, businesses and services are supportive of people living with dementia and their families.”

Louisa McFarlane of St Ambrose Church said: “We are all very pleased and proud to have been granted the Dementia Charter – and with around 30 Dementia Friends at St Ambrose Church helping at services and events, we can ensure that everyone is made welcome.”

Bernie Keenan, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Services and Growth for Progress Housing Group, said: “At Progress Housing Group we are committed to being dementia-friendly. The number of people affected by dementia is steadily increasing, so it is important that we all learn as much as we can about it and find out the best way to help and support those living with dementia and their families. At Progress Housing Group, we support people of all ages and use the skills we have learned through training to spot the signs of dementia, reassure people and where appropriate, refer dementia suffers and their families to our Progress Lifeline service and external agencies and networks that can offer appropriate support.”

The Charter was launched during Dementia Action Week (May 2018) which showed that South Ribble is one of the most proactive areas of the North West when it comes to considering the needs of those living with dementia.

It is aimed at community groups, businesses and services, who are invited to commit to the four pledges to ensure people living with dementia and their carers are always considered and supported wherever they go.

As well as the Dementia Charter and Dementia Action Week, the Leyland Neighbourhood Forum holds dementia hubs at Leyland Market and there are Dementia Friends awareness sessions regularly across the borough.

Organisations that achieve the Dementia Charter will be listed in the ‘South Ribble Living Well Guide’ – due to be published in September 2018.

For more information on how to sign up for the South Ribble Dementia Charter, go to www.southribble.gov.uk/dementiafriendly.