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'Dementia Friendly' Session For Longridge

Published Monday, 09 June 2014

A dementia awareness training session is to take place in Longridge on Tuesday 17 June, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

The free session, at Longridge Civic Hall, is part of a campaign to establish Ribble Valley as one of the UK’s first dementia friendly boroughs.

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.

The council has been 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: “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 the latest of several dementia awareness sessions that have attracted significant interest from across the borough.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council has been gathering evidence from people with dementia 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’ are receiving training in awareness and understanding of dementia, and how to signpost their families to help and support.

Partners in the Ribble Valley dementia friendly campaign include the police, health service, shops, banks, cafes and libraries.

The Longridge session, aimed at the families and carers of people with dementia, will look at the signs, symptoms and implications of dementia, and include a talk by UK dementia expert Pat Pope, of training company All about Dementia.

Further details are available from David Ingham on 01200 414549.

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