Dementia Community Day | 17th October | Serpentine Green Shopping Centre
The Peterborough Dementia Friendly Community Group (PDFC) is holding a Dementia Community Day on Thursday 17th October 2019 at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre between 9am and 4.30pm. There will be a variety of stands hosted by local businesses and organisations and the opportunity for visitors to find out more about the services available for people and families living with Dementia.
Organisations already pledged their attendance are Alzheimer’s Society, Home Instead, Cross Keys, Cambridgeshire Police, Hegarty Solicitors, Wiltshire Foods, The Fane Clinic, Buckles Solicitors, Serpentine Green, Tesco, Boots, Metro Bank, Age Care Advice, Mobility Aids Centre, Caring Together, Peterborough Care, County Court Care, The Cares Trust, The Rotary Club Peterborough and Vivacity.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be attending at 11am in support of the good work that is going on.
Dementia awareness is a priority for Peterborough
Karon Walton Chair of the PDFC said “I am delighted that we are able to put on an event such as this and have such goodwill from the organisations participating. Events such as this show that Dementia is a priority for us in Peterborough and wish to promote the services available for people and their families living with Dementia”.
Karon who is also Head of Court of Protection at Hegarty Solicitors hopes to encourage statutory services, health care, doctors, education, transport, leisure, business and banks to join the group to help make some difference, however small, to support the most vulnerable members in the community.
Small changes can have a big impact on the lives of those living with Dementia
More organisations are urged to make a pledge to implement 2 or 3 actions in their own organisations to take some small change in their own environments.
Karon says “I want Peterborough to have joined-up approach in order to make sure that the growing numbers of those being diagnosed with Dementia will find their lives a little easier by the growing awareness and change for the better.”
Peterborough was awarded recognition as a community working to become dementia-friendly in 2013
Communities with this status have a steering group which organises action to increase understanding of dementia and break down stigma.
The group action plan is used to collate evidence and experience from people affected by dementia in one of eight categories – Businesses and shops; Arts, leisure, sports and recreation; Young people; Voluntary, faith and community organisations; Fire and police; Health and social care; Housing and Transport. Evidence is used to prioritise and target action.
Individual action plans are submitted by members who pledge 2-3 actions they will take during a year. They are awarded the ‘working to become dementia-friendly’ window sticker and logo to promote their commitment.