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Corsham Area Dementia Action Alliance

Corsham Area Dementia Action Alliance

As part of the ongoing work to develop a Health and Wellbeing Group in Corsham and to provide a local focus for the support of our older and more vulnerable people we have now registered the Corsham Community Area as a designated Dementia Action Alliance. This follows the overwhelming support demonstrated at the recent Our Community Matters event at the Springfield Campus to support measures related to Mental Health, Protecting the vulnerable, Addressing social isolation and loneliness and Encouraging Independent Living.
The concept of a Dementia Action Alliance is part of a national strategy to continue to address to the growing issue of Dementia aiming in particular to recognise the strong and important role that communities can play in helping people who are living with Dementia to cope better in their everyday lives. With the support of the Alzheimer’s Society it is the intention to create and encourage dementia friendly communities across the country; that is communities who are informed and understanding of the particular issues faced by people with Dementia and who are prepared to do all that they can to help those people and their carers.
In registering the Corsham Area as a Dementia Action Alliance the intention is to recognise and bring together groups, organisations and individuals who are already doing many good things related to Dementia – things like Memory Cafes, Memory Walks, Support Groups, Singing for the Brain and others – and looking to see how the resource and effort expended in running these groups can be brought together to extend their reach and to do even more. Above that the aim will be to encourage more groups to get involved by increasing the public awareness of the condition and the sort of ordinary things that clubs, shops and businesses can do to make a difference.
The initiative is supported by the Corsham Area Board and by Corsham Town Council who are already committed to actions to establish Corsham as a dementia friendly town. Initially we would be very pleased to hear from anyone locally who is part of a group that provides support or services for people living with dementia including carers or from anyone who would be interested in promoting dementia awareness and encouraging local actions through established clubs and local businesses.
The message is that communities can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia – in some cases that is simply by better understanding what the condition is and isn’t and what can be done to help people to feel more comfortable just doing ordinary things in their own neighbourhood. If you feel that that could help or would like more information then please contact Richard Rogers, Community Engagement Manager – Richard.rogers@wiltshire.gov.uk , or Kevin Gaskin, Health and Wellbeing Project Worker – kevingaskinccan@hotmail.co.uk


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