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'Dementia Friendly' Session in Whalley

Published Friday, 20 June 2014

A dementia awareness training session is to take place in Whalley on Tuesday 8 July, from 1.00 to 3.00pm.

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

The session, aimed at the families and carers of people with dementia, will focus on how to understand and support people with the condition.

It will include a talk by UK dementia expert Pat Pope, of training company All about Dementia.

Previous training sessions in Clitheroe and Longridge have attracted a considerable turnout and been enthusiastically received.

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’s 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 working with the Alzheimer’s Society to develop a network of ‘dementia friends’ in the borough, who may come into contact with people with the condition in a variety of locations.

It 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 campaign include the police, health service, shops, banks, cafes and libraries.

A further training session will take place in the Grindleton Pavilion on Monday 14 July, also from 1.00 to 3.00pm.

For further details or to book a place, contact David Ingham on 01200 414549.

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