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Dementia Action Week 2019

14th May 2019

Last year during Dementia Action Week, we signed the Dementia Friendly Charter highlighting our support to raising awareness of dementia in the community.

As part of our commitment we had two of our fire engines (Richmond and Skipton) liveried with the Alzheimer’s Society Logo. We also pledged to train our staff as Dementia Friends. Most of this training has now been completed and the majority of our staff are Dementia Friends.

Station Manager Nick Bullamore said: “There are over 2.5 million people trained up to be Dementia Friends and we are proud to have trained our staff to be part of  this Alzheimer’s Society initiative. The Dementia Friends programme is aimed at transforming the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.”

This year we are again supporting Dementia Action Week which runs 20th-26th May. As part of the week fire crews are holding a number of dementia friends sessions which members of the public can come along to:

  • 22nd May 2019 Milton Rooms, Malton 10:00-15:00
  • 20th May Robin Hood’s Bay fire station 10:30
  • 20th May Lythe fire station 16:30
  • 24th May Whitby fire station 10:30
  • 25th May Danby fire station 09:00

Crews will also be out and about throughout the county giving out information about Dementia Awareness so if you see them please pop over and say hello.

Watch Manager Richard Daffern from Malton station said “We have organised a coffee morning to promote Dementia awareness throughout our community.  Working together with a diverse group of agencies the event will provide information and pathways for anyone in need of our help. It will be held at the Milton Rooms in Malton on the 22nd May from 10am till 3pm a member of the Alzheimer’s Society will be presenting two talks during the event.”

In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes and almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected. Yet too many people face the condition alone, without adequate support

The Alzheimer’s Society is determined to change this and everyone has a part to play in creating a dementia-friendly UK. From continuing to invite people with dementia out, to making sure you listen and include them in conversations, people with dementia and carers have shared actions with us that will make a difference – helping them to feel included in their communities and able to live the lives they want.

To get involved this Dementia Action Week and unite against dementia, visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW

 

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