Helping Barnstaple become Dementia Friendly

Helping Barnstaple become Dementia Friendly

Posted on: 16 May 2016

Barnstaple Dementia Action Alliance has a clear plan: to work collaboratively to make the town more accessible and inclusive for people living with dementia and their families.

In 2014 local community volunteer, Ailsa MacDonald, rallied organisations and groups in Barnstaple to respond to the needs of people living with dementia.

Organisations including Barnstaple Library, North Devon Community and Voluntary Service, Parkinsons UK, Age Concern, the memory café, the Town Council, a local care home and local businesses and shops came together as a committee and in 2015 became nationally recognised as part of the Dementia Action Alliance.

The Alliance is aiming to break the stigma attached to dementia and improve the community’s understanding of the small things which can make a difference. They offer Dementia Friends sessions to customer-facing staff and the general public, involving GP surgeries.

The Alliance has also developed an agreement with one of the local churches to use their outside space as a community garden for people living with dementia. There will be table-top gardening activities, the tools needed to maintain the space and the garden will be available for other groups to enjoy.

The gardening project has received a small amount of grant funding from Devon County Council to get it off the ground, and they have joined forces with Age UK Devon to discuss how to link with other activity groups in the area and make the most of the project.

Helping Barnstaple become Dementia Friendly aDuring Dementia Awareness Week, 16–20 May, Barnstaple Dementia Action Alliance will be holding a coffee morning every day from 10am–1pm in Barnstaple Library for anyone interested in learning more about dementia and getting involved with the Alliance. You can also visit their Facebook page for information about their work search ‘Barnstaple DAA’

On Thursday 19 May from 2.30pm the Library will be showing a free screening of Still Alice. To book a place phone Barnstaple Library on 01271 318780

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