More local organisations commit to becoming dementia friendly

Three more organisations have committed to supporting the on-going work to make Stockton-on-Tees more dementia friendly.

The ARC, Tesco Extra Stockton and Tilly, Bailey and Irvine Solicitors have all joined the Dementia Friendly Stockton project and have each set out a plan of what they will do to help them meet the needs of their customers living with dementia.

Among other things, the organisations have each committed to increasing awareness and understanding among their personnel and will look at how their premises can be made more dementia friendly.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton project is working with local businesses and other organisations to help them deliver their services in a way that is accessible to and inclusive of people living with dementia. Organisations that sign up to become more dementia friendly will display the ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ symbol to show their commitment.

There are currently 18 members of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project with many more organisations expected to join soon. The current members of the project are:

  • 3 ScoreYears&10 CIC
  • Age UK Teesside
  • The ARC
  • The Avalon Group
  • Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre
  • Cleveland Fire Brigade
  • The Halcyon Centre
  • Hand in Hand Care
  • JD Training Solutions Ltd
  • Lloyds Bank
  • North Tees Dementia Collaborative
  • The Rosedale Centre
  • Sally and Sarah Care Ltd
  • St John the Baptist Parish Church
  • Stockton Library Service
  • Synergy VCS
  • Tesco Extra
  • Tilly Bailey and Irvine Solicitors

To find out more about the Dementia Friendly Stockton project or to learn how your organisation can join the project please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or email dfc@clevearc.com

Cleveland Fire Brigade commit to becoming more dementia friendly

A FIRE BRIGADE has become the latest organisation to join the drive for Stockton to become a more dementia-friendly community.

Cleveland Fire Brigade has successfully registered with the Dementia Friendly Stockton project and has committed to training its staff to be aware of dementia and how they can best assist a person who is living with the condition.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton project is working with local businesses and other organisations to help them deliver their services in a way that is accessible to and inclusive of people living with dementia.

John Rafferty, Integrated Services Manager at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Many Brigade employees visit vulnerable members of society in their own homes on a daily basis.  It is important that Cleveland Fire Brigade staff receive the necessary training to enable them to identify residents and their carers who require additional support. To this end we have undertaken Dementia awareness training with our advocates and home fire safety officers.

“This training has enabled the staff to identify issues faced by those living with dementia and given them practical solutions to help people living with dementia remain included in their communities.”

To ensure consistency and the on-going development of staff, a training programme will be put in place to ensure all front line staff, both operational and corporate, receive training and advice on dementia.

John added: “As an employer we know we will have staff who will develop dementia or will have family members who have dementia.  We are keen to ensure that staff and their families are receiving the support from the Brigade.

“All Fire and Rescue Services have pledged to become Dementia Friendly and here at Cleveland Fire brigade we feel we have taken the 1st steps to honour this pledge.”

Fifteen local organisations have already signed up to become more dementia friendly. Organisations that join the Dementia Friendly Stockton project will display the ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ symbol to show their commitment.

Chair of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project, Peter Otter explained “’It’s great that we already have so many local organisations committed to becoming more dementia friendly.

“Staff at Cleveland Fire Brigade regularly come into contact with people living with dementia and being able to better understand the ways the condition can affect a person will help them deliver the best service.

“We will hopefully see many more local organisations following their example.”

To find out which organisations have committed to becoming more dementia friendly and how your organisation can join the project please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on dfc@clevearc.com or visit the website at www.dementiafriendlystockton.co.uk

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A bank has become the latest business to join the drive for Stockton to become a more dementia-friendly community.

Lloyds Bank in Stockton-on-Tees has successfully registered with the Dementia Friendly Stockton project and have committed to training its staff to be aware of dementia and how they can best assist a person who is living with the condition.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton project is working with local businesses and other organisations to help them deliver their services in a way that is accessible to and inclusive of people living with dementia.

Thirteen local organisations have already signed up to become more dementia friendly. Organisations that join the Dementia Friendly Stockton project will display the ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ symbol to show their commitment.

Chair of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project, Peter Otter explained “’It’s great that we already have so many local organisations committed to becoming more dementia friendly. Lloyds Bank are working nationally to raise awareness with their staff teams across the country about dementia and it’s great to see that national commitment also being supported locally.

“The bank has given a lot of consideration to its layout and signage and those factors combined with the enthusiasm and understanding from the staff, make it an environment which is certainly helpful for people living with dementia.  We will hopefully see many more local businesses following their example.

“We have been contacted by one carer who was full of praise for the team there and their understanding of the condition.”

Elin Smith, Bank Manager for Lloyds Bank Stockton and Yarm branches said: “The staff have very much enjoyed the training and the changes we have made to make our environment more dementia friendly have cost little or no money at all – we would encourage all businesses and organisations to look at their environment and see what changes they can make – things like clearing some space, perhaps having seating available.

“All of our staff have had the training of what dementia is, its impact and how you can look after a customer best who may be living with dementia. It’s good to know we can make a positive difference.”

To find out which organisations have committed to becoming more dementia friendly and how your organisation can join the project please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or email dfc@clevearc.com

Dementia Friendly Stockton project publicly launched

On Friday 21st February people living with dementia, carers and representatives from local organisations celebrated the public launch of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project.

The launch, which took place at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle was chaired by Alex Cunningham MP and included an update on the project’s progress as well as entertainment from local performers the Tea Ladies.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton project is working with local businesses and other organisations to help them deliver their services in a way that is accessible to and inclusive of people living with dementia.  At the event Alex Cunningham MP awarded certificates to eleven local organisations who have already committed to becoming more dementia friendly including Lloyds Bank, Stockton Library Services, Cleveland Fire Brigade, St John the Baptist’s Church and others.

Organisations that sign up to become more dementia friendly will display the ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ symbol to show their commitment.  Chair of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project, Peter Otter explained “’It’s great that we already have so many local organisations committed to becoming more dementia friendly and that is why we wanted to celebrate their achievement with this event. This is however only the beginning and we will hopefully see many more local businesses following their example.”

To find out which organisations have committed to becoming more dementia friendly and how your organisation can join the project please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on  dfc@clevearc.com or visit the website at www.dementiafriendlystockton.co.uk

Dementia Friendly Stockton Launch Event

People living with dementia and carers in Stockton-on-Tees are being invited to attend the launch of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project.

The launch event will take place on Friday 21st February 2014 at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle and will last from 10:30 to 12:00 followed by lunch.

At the event attendees will be informed how the project will work to make the borough more dementia friendly and which organisations have already committed to becoming more dementia friendly.

The event will also include light entertainment, refreshments and lunch.

Attendance at the event is free however places are limited. Anyone hoping to attend the event is therefore asked to register their interest by contacting Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or email dfc@clevarc.com .

See the Launch Event flyer