Four Rivers Dementia Alliance makes a splash in South Hams

Four Rivers Dementia Alliance makes a splash

Posted on: 20 May 2016

“When someone is diagnosed with dementia they will often withdraw from community life, we want to raise awareness so that this doesn’t happen”

An exciting initiative in the South Hams has created a wide-reaching network of dementia-friendly communities. The Four Rivers Dementia Alliance aims to improve the inclusivity of rural areas around the Avon, Erme, Plym and Yealm Rivers.

The Alliance is made of up of local caring organisations, Beacon Medical Group, Woolwell and Ivybridge Memory Cafes, councillors and schools.

At a conference in February, Alliance members examined how dementia-friendly their communities currently are and put forward actions for improvement.

As a result, the Alliance will be looking at better ways to work with the local farming community, at promoting local memory cafes and examining the importance of having a central place to access information and support in each town and village.

Alliance members are already running dementia awareness training sessions for volunteers, local community members and businesses; and plan to hold a number of awareness sessions and themed events throughout the year.

The idea for the Alliance developed following the success of the well-established ‘Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm’ project.  This new initiative aims to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their families; to share ideas; good practice and resources and to develop partnership projects to make the area dementia friendly.

“This new Alliance is a great example of how local voluntary groups are willing and able to share their knowledge, skills and resources to help their local communities deal with a specific issue. The Alliance is helping to make local communities more dementia-friendly and it’s strengthening the bonds between groups, which has lots of other benefits too.”

Katie Reville, Alliance facilitator, South Hams CVS

If you want to get involved contact South Hams CVS who are facilitating The Four Rivers Dementia Alliance.

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