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"Dementia Friends" Training in Ribble Valley

Published Friday, 18 October 2013

Two "dementia friends" training sessions are to take place in the Ribble Valley.

The free sessions, at Longridge Library on Tuesday 22 October, and the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber, Clitheroe, on Tuesday 29 October, are part of a campaign to establish one of the UK's first dementia friendly boroughs in Ribble Valley.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has joined forces with the Alzheimer's Society and several businesses, community groups and public and private sector organisations to establish the area as a centre of excellence in dementia awareness.

Over the coming months, the council will be working with the Alzheimer's Society to develop a network of "dementia friends" throughout the borough, who may come into contact with people with the condition in a variety of locations.

Ribble Valley Borough Council partnership officer David Ingham said: "People with dementia face barriers when trying to continue with ordinary life, such as shopping, using public transport and engaging in social activities, and it is likely that many do not even go out for fear of not being able to cope.

"There is a considerable local appetite for making life easier for people with dementia and their families, which has been translated into a campaign to make Ribble Valley one of the country's first dementia friendly boroughs.

"This is a dynamic community-focussed initiative that has attracted support from organisations and individuals across the borough."

Ribble Valley Borough Council has been gathering evidence from dementia sufferers and their carers about what might help them enjoy a better quality of life, with a view to creating a network of places and organisations that are dementia friendly and educating the public to understand and deal with dementia more effectively.

The "dementia friends" will receive training in awareness and understanding of dementia, and how to signpost their families to help and support.

The Clitheroe session takes place from 4.30 - 6.00pm and further details are available from David Ingham on 01200 414549. The Longridge session takes place from 6.00 - 6.45pm and further details are available from Sue Lomax on 08450 530005. Both sessions are free, but booking is advisable.

Partners in the Ribble Valley dementia friendly campaign include the police, health service, shops, banks, cafes and libraries. The campaign is part of the Ribble Valley Year of Health and Wellbeing, which aims to tackle health and wellbeing inequalities in isolated rural communities.

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