Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in recognition of the efforts being made to make the city more supportive to people who are living with dementia.

The Alliance has been shortlisted in the Dementia Friendly Community of the Year category at this year's Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friendly Awards, which take place in London next month.

Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Dementia is a debilitating condition which affects not only the 3,400 people in Wolverhampton who are living with the disease, but also their families and carers.

"As a city, we are determined to do all we can to improve their lives as much as possible - and this nomination is recognition of the tremendous work that is taking place by individuals and organisations to make Wolverhampton a dementia friendly city."

Wolverhampton was officially granted Dementia Friendly Community status by the Alzheimer's Society last year in recognition of the efforts being made by members of Dementia Action Alliance to improve services for people living with dementia, and their families and carers.

The council coordinates the Alliance and manages an action plan for its partner organisations. Over the last 12 months, this has inspired a wide range of activities to help people living with dementia and their families and carers.

These include supporting another 3,000 people to become Dementia Friends - taking the total to 13,000 - with a range of organisations delivering Dementia Friends training to staff and stakeholders. West Midlands Fire Service has included Dementia Friends awareness within its cadet programme for young people, the Grand Theatre hosted a mass Dementia Friends session during May's Dementia Action Week and Lichfield Diocese has delivered sessions in schools, pharmacies, churches and temples.

Memory Matters has been working with local pupils to develop dementia friendly resources suitable for young people, while the University of Wolverhampton has made a dementia module compulsory for all nurses and developed a website to attract funding for research projects into the disease.

Wolverhampton's Library Service has developed a catalogue of books about dementia, while Mid Counties Co-op is supporting a local Alz Café as its chosen charity and has implemented training in store. ASDA Wolverhampton has even introduced a slow lane at the tills for people living with dementia, as well as organised bag packs.

Compton Care is working with the University of Worcester to improve outcomes for people living with dementia towards end of life, while the Alzheimer's Society has teamed up with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC players to raise awareness of the condition.

The Alliance has also held a number of large scale events and celebrations that have received high profile media coverage, both locally and regionally, including the city's wide ranging programme to mark Dementia Action Week, which included dozens of events across Wolverhampton. The city was chosen to host the launch of a major report by the Alzheimer's Society into dementia care, while dozens of local singers joined BBC WM's Dementia Choir and performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

The Alliance has also worked with local GPs to develop dementia friendly toolkits, and earlier this year Penn Manor Medical Practice and Duncan Street Primary Care Centre became Wolverhampton's first Dementia Friendly GP practices.

The Dementia Friendly Awards were launched in 2013 to celebrate and showcase the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations across the UK who have led the way on creating dementia friendly communities and improving the lives of everybody affected by dementia.

Organisers said they have had exceptionally high standard of nominations this year and have congratulated all the individuals and organisations which have been shortlisted across the 10 categories.

Also nominated in the Dementia Friendly Community of the Year category are Bristol Dementia Action Alliance and the Dementia Friendly Community of Derbyshire. The winners will be announced on 22 November, 2018.

For more information about the help and support available to people living with dementia in Wolverhampton, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=6893;Title=Dementia;. To become a Dementia Friend, please visit Type=links;Linkid=5999;Title=Dementia Friends;Target=_blank;.   

People who are worried about dementia can contact the Alzheimer's Society for information and support either via the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or by visiting Type=links;Linkid=3328;Title=Alzheimer's Society;Target=_blank;. For more information about the Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10647;Title=Dementia Action Alliance;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Wednesday 24 October, 2018