Hangleton and Knoll moved one step closer to becoming a Dementia Friendly Neighbourhood last Wednesday 29th November.
Clare Hopkins, Community Development Worker with Older People, and our partners at the Hangleton and Knoll project, organised and hosted a Dementia workshop day at St Richard’s Community centre.
Over 20 people took part in a Dementia Friends awareness session led by Sue Sayers from TDC, followed by a Dementia Experience led by Rachel Mortimer of Engage and Create. Both TDC and Engage and Create are partners with Age UK Brighton and Hove and the Carers Centre, in the Dementia Action Alliance project which seeks to create a dementia friendly city and enable people who have dementia to live well. It is the Dementia Action Alliance which funded the Hangleton and Knoll Project to put on this event.
The participants then pledged to personal actions that will meet these aims. Richard Gravestock, Practice Manager at Hove Medical Centre, recruited Sue Sayer’s support in his idea to ask his Patient participation group to host a Dementia Friends awareness session in the New Year. He also pledged to invite Sue along to a citywide practice manager’s meeting so all GP practices will have access to the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend.
A participant of the day e-mailed to say ‘A huge thanks to you for inviting us to attend today’s workshop – it was so well organised, informative and engaging’.
If you would like to run a Dementia workshop in your neighbourhood or to hold a dementia awareness session in your group or organisation please contact Sue Sayers on 07412 709 310 or [email protected]
Dementia Friends is a social action movement designed by the Alzheimer’s Society. For more details visit https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/. Many thanks to the Hangleton & Knoll project for letting us use their photos in this post.