Acting on dementia

27th January 2015

Bishop Peter with Therese PaskellOn, 21 January, business leaders from across Doncaster heard how important is to take a joint approach to helping dementia sufferers in the town.

The business leaders came together for the quarterly business breakfast meeting hosted by the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows.

Speaking at the meeting was Therese Paskell from Churches Together in Sprotbrough.  Therese is raising awareness on a major initiative to create more dementia friendly communities.  After already implementing an action plan from a faith angle, Therese also told the meeting how important a role local businesses have to play.  Information packs are available for businesses that offer advice and details on local support agencies.  Training is also available for businesses on how to recognise and respond to those that have dementia.  This helps to make workers more aware and relaxed should they meet someone with dementia.

Many businesses present at the meeting took packs away, committing to learning more. One business indicated it would like to hold an awareness event for others in the community.

The aim is to support carers and people with dementia to ‘live well’ by improving awareness and personal safety.  This will also help facilitate early diagnosis and open up access to services and support agencies.  6% of those aged 18+ in Doncaster have Dementia, a statistic that is higher than the national average.

The Diocese of Sheffield is a member of the Dementia Action Alliance and supports churches, and their communities, to review their facilities and put in place Dementia Action Plans.  For more information see http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/dementia-action-alliance. 

Therese Paskell can be contacted on therese.paskell@gmail.com.

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