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What is Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond?

Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond is a Richmond Council funded project which is being delivered by Age UK Richmond.

Dementia Friendly Communities is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative which aims to create communities around the UK which make daily living and activities easier and more accessible to people living with dementia.  


People affected by dementia will:

  • travel to where they want to go safely 
  • live somewhere they feel supported, understood and included in community life 
  • receive the help they need to access quality health, care and support services when and where they require it 
  • be able to participate in all that London has to offer in arts, culture and leisure 
  • feel confident to visit local high streets and town centres

Age UK Richmond now co-ordinates the activities of Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond. We intend to work with people living with dementia, organisations and businesses across the borough to achieve the aims of The Dementia Friendly Communities programme outlined by the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020.

How can your organisation become Dementia Friendly?

We are planning service user involvement groups and are encouraging organisations and businesses to sign up to this initiative.

We will work with members to set up an Action Plan for the year which identifies 3 Action Points which you can work towards to make your organisation and Richmond dementia friendly.

This could include holding a Dementia Friends session at work which our co-ordinator will deliver, getting involved in Dementia Action Week (May 17th-25th 2021), adapting in house signs to signs people with dementia can recognise more easily.

Have you been affected by dementia or work for an organisation keen to become more dementia friendly?

If so please contact our borough co-ordinator, Sara Wilcox at sara.wilcox@ageukrichmond.org.uk or ring 0203 816 0020.

 

EVENTS FOR DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK
May 17th-22nd 2021
Hosted by Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond

 

Meeting of DFCR members and potential members (online)

Date/time: Monday May 17th, 2-3pm

Book: Please email sara.wilcox@ageukrichmond.org.uk

 

Dementia and Paying for Care                                                                                                             
In addition to working for Age UK Richmond, who deliver the Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond contract, Sara Wilcox also runs a charity - Pathways Through Dementia - which specialises in paying for care, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the role of the Court of Protection, and community care laws relevant to people living with dementia. In conjunction with Age UK Richmond Sara is hosting an online event about dementia and paying for care giving an overview of dementia then focussing on how the paying for care system works. There is opportunity to ask questions during the session and/or to contact Sara afterwards with follow up queries.

Date/Time: Tuesday May 18th, 2-3pm

Book: We are limiting places to 20 so contact Sara for the Zoom link, the session is open to everyone in the Richmond borough. Please email sara.wilcox@ageukrichmond.org.uk

 

Presentation on Alzheimer’s Research
Dementia affects thousands of people across the country and around 2000 families in the Richmond borough. Age UK Richmond is inviting Richmond residents to attend a webinar which highlights the symptoms of Dementia and the current research which aims to tackle the disease.

Date/time: Wednesday May 19th, 2-3pm

Book: If you would like to attend and hear more about this vital work please contact Sara Wilcox, co-ordinator for Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond: sara.wilcox@ageukrichmond.org.uk

 

Organisations participating in Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond:

April 2021

Alzheimer's Society Richmond

Embracing Age

FiSH Neighbourhood Care

Friends of Barnes Common

Healthwatch Richmond upon Thames

Integrated Neurological Services

Richmond Health Walks

Richmond Mencap

Richmond Music Trust

Richmond Council - London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Right at Home

River Thames Boat Project

Stone Rowe Brewer LLP Solicitors

Strawberry Hill House & Garden               

The Good Care Group

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Twickenham United Reformed Church

Multicultural Richmond

Homelink Day Respite Centre

Kew Neighbourhood Association

 

If you would like to attend and hear more about this vital work please contact Sara Wilcox, coordinator for Dementia Friendly Communities Richmond on sara.wilcox@ageukrichmond.org.uk