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Local shops and businesses get behind Dementia Friends campaign

137-two-old-ladies-chattingEmployees from Everyone Active at Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre as well as those from Waitrose, Tanya Harris Heirdressing and Edmonds & Slatter in Blaby have benefited from attending a session to raise their understanding of dementia – demonstrating their commitment to becoming more dementia-friendly.

This is all part of a drive to make Blaby District a dementia-friendly community.

Blaby District Council is working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and other members of the local Dementia Action Alliance to make this a reality.

The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that 225,000 people in the UK will develop dementia this year; that’s one every three minutes. One in four people with dementia has given up shopping since being diagnosed.

Cllr Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“Blaby District has an increasing ageing population and we know that the number of people living with dementia is expected to almost double in the coming years. We want to ensure that people with dementia and their carers and families continue to feel part of their local community.
“As a result, we are helping local shops and businesses to become more dementia-friendly so as to keep those – and new – customers using their services for as long as possible. With several larger retailers in the district already signed up to the Dementia Friends initiative, it makes good business sense for local shops and services to get behind it too.”

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative funded by the Department of Health which aims to give one million people a better understanding of dementia by 2015.

Blaby District Council will be running free one-hour Dementia Friends Information Sessions to shops and businesses across the district.

To find out more or to book your place, contact Zoe Coulson on 0116 2727566 or email strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk

For more information about Dementia Friends visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

For more information about the Leicestershire Dementia Action alliance visit www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/59_leicestershire_dementia_action_alliance

Student takes ‘Bridge over River Kwai’ in Jungle Dementia Care Awareness Expedition

Photo of Sophie Storey
Student Sophie Storey

A Leicestershire Childcare student is to take the historic bridge over the River Kwai to raise money for and awareness of Dementia.

Sophie Storey, a 17 year old Childcare student at South Leicestershire College in nearby South Wigston, will spend 6 days trekking, rafting and kayaking through the mountains and forests of the Thung Ya Nareusan Wildlife Sanctuary.

The  Wildlife Sanctuary Thung Yai Naresuan is a protected area in Thailand .

It was created as a Wildlife Sanctuary on April 24, 1974 and was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1991.

Part of a group of fund-raisers, she will follow the ‘death railway’ crossing the bridge over the River Kwai and each night will make camp in remote villages. The bridge was build in 1943 by Allied Prisoners of War as part of the so-called ‘death railway’ from Bangkok to Rangoon.

Sophie spoke of her challenge:

“I’m going on this Jungle Trek with my mum, Karen Storey, for MHA (Methodist Homes Association) because they specialize in good quality Dementia Care. The trek will help us to understand what life is like for a person living with dementia. We will be in a strange place, having to trust people around us to keep us safe and to guide us.”

She added:

“We’re looking for donations to help raise awareness and improve care for the hundreds of dementia sufferers in our community. All donations gratefully received through sponsor forms and the just giving website go directly to the residents at the homes.”

Marion Plant OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said

“Here at South Leicestershire College, our students are encouraged to participate in charitable projects within the local community. Not only does it give our students invaluable work and life experience, but it helps to highlight the important work that charities, such as MHA, undertake.”

If you would like to make a donation please follow the link below.

Snaps from dementia walks go on display

An exhibition showing Blaby district through the eyes of people living with dementia and their carers opens in Leicester next Monday (October 10th) to mark World Mental Health day.

The photographs were taken during a series of summer ‘dementia walks’ organised by Blaby District Council and will be on display at Vaughan College, St Nicholas Place, until Friday November 4.

As part of the programme adults with dementia and their carers completed 12 countryside walks armed with a digital camera and supported by a professional photographer to create a record of their journeys.

Victoria Smith, the Council’s health improvement officer said:

“The group took some fantastic photographs which we hope portray the enjoyment they found in walking.”

For more information on the exhibition or other projects for carer’s in Blaby district contact the Council’s health and leisure team on leisure@blaby.gov.uk or 0116 272 7703.