Dementia friendly towns – a step forward

Dementia friendly towns – a step forward

Alzheimer’s Society working with the British Standards Institution (BSI) is launching a consultation on a code of practice for communities working towards becoming dementia-friendly. This code of practice will provide recommendations on:

  • Who needs to be involved in setting up a dementia-friendly community,
  • Aims that should be central to all dementia-friendly communities,
  • Areas to focus on and the processes needed for your dementia-friendly community to operate successfully,
  • The positive changes for people with dementia that we would expect to see from a dementia-friendly community.

The aim is for the code to help support existing communities and to inspire more areas to get involved going forward,

What is a Publicly Available Specification (PAS)?

A PAS is a consultative document where the development process and written format is based on the British Standard’s model. The development of this PAS (PAS 1365) has been sponsored by Alzheimer’s Society. Any organisation, association or group who wish to document standardized best practice on a specific subject, can commission a PAS, subject to the BSI acceptance process.

What are the timescales?

The consultation will run from October 14th. The consultation will be open for four weeks ending on 14th of November.

How can you contribute to the consultation?

If you are commenting as an individual

You need to download, review and comment on the draft, please go to: and register for free online (new users) and log in.
(A PDF copy of the PAS can be downloaded from the BSI website – you will have to register before download)

If you are working with people with dementia or other groups

You may want to discuss the key topics in a focus group and submit your comments. You could discuss some of the key areas of the code, with a carer or in a group setting using the questions below:

  • What areas of the community are important to make dementia-friendly?
  • What types of organisations should be involved in dementia-friendly communities?
  • How have/ or would you, like to be involved in developing dementia-friendly communities in your area?
  • What changes in your area would mean that your community is more dementia-friendly and that it is having an impact for people living with dementia and their carers?

You can then submit your responses and views to us directly at:

What will happen after the consultation?

All the comments received on the code as part of the consultation will be considered when working on finalising the document. The final code of practice will be published in March 2015.

Thank you in advance for your time and help with this project. Your input is highly valued.

Best wishes,

The Dementia Friendly Communities Team

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