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

Stockton Churches Dementia Awareness event

As part of Stockton’s programme for Dementia Awareness Week (May 18 – 24), an ecumenical service will be held at the Church of St John the Baptist, Durham Road, Stockton, at 7.30p.m. on May 21.  St John’s is one of the first in the borough to sign up to the Dementia Friendly Stockton initiative.

Dr Anne Bell, from Roseberry Park Hospital in Middlesbrough, will give an address.

The official theme for this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, “Don’t Bottle it Up”, encourages openness about the challenges and stresses associated with the disease.   There will be plenty of literature about the condition itself and the range of services available locally, and an opportunity for people who in one way or another live with dementia to meet and share their experiences.

It is intended that the service will explore what it means to live well with dementia, reflect on the experiences of family and professional carers, and of people who are coping with the condition.

Carers have to carry burdens of stress and painful emotions as they watch loved ones gradually lose their faculties.  The challenge for church-goers as for others is about how to be “good neighbours” to both carers and people with dementia.

 

For more information please contact

Rev Richard Bradshaw

Mental Health Chaplain

Roseberry Park Hospital

Marton Road

Middlesbrough

TS4 3AF

 

01642 837396

 

The event flyer can be viewed here

Dementia Awareness Week 2014 Stockton-on-Tees

Volunteers, charities and local organisations are working together to host events at venues across Stockton-on-Tees to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2014.

The events, which will run from Monday 19th May, aim to increase awareness and understanding about dementia and will provide an opportunity for the public to find out what services are available for people with dementia and carers in Stockton-on-Tees.

The agenda for the week includes:

Monday

  • Information stall and café at Roseberry Library (Billingham) from 10am till 4pm
  • Story time session at Roseberry Library to increase dementia awareness with local school children
  • Bookchat with reminiscence from Hartlepool Museum at Stockton Central Library
  • Dementia Friends sessions at Roseberry Library from 12pm to 1pm

 

Tuesday

  • Information stall and café at Thornaby Library from 10am till 4pm
  • Story time session at Thornaby Library to increase dementia awareness with local school children

 

Wednesday

  • Information stall at Stockton Central Library from 10am till 4pm
  • Story time session at Stockton Central Library to increase dementia awareness with local school children
  • Busking in Wellington Square from 12:30pm till 1:15pm
  • A dementia friendly ecumenical service at St John the Baptist’s Church from 7:30pm
  • Health Walk (pick from Kirkdale at 9:30am)
  • Dementia Friends sessions at Stockton Central Library from 12pm to 1pm

 

Thursday

  • Information stall and café at Preston Hall Museum from 10am till 4pm
  • Story time session at a Yarm primary school to increase dementia awareness with local school children
  • History talk, music and café at Preston Hall Museum from 1pm to 3pm

 

Friday

  • The relaunch of the Halcyon Centre (Invite only event)
  • Story time sessions and tour of the Halcyon Centre for local school children

 

Throughout the week Lloyds Bank will be holding walkss to raise awareness of dementia and Healthy Heart Checks will be offered in Castlegate shopping centre.

Peter Otter, Chair of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project, said: “These events are a great way to raise awareness about dementia and will help people to find out what support is available in Stockton.

“It is great to see everyone from local churches, businesses, charities and individuals all working together to raise awareness of dementia. The range of events and the number of people getting involved throughout the week really demonstrates our community’s commitment to making sure that Stockton-on-Tees becomes a nationally leading dementia friendly community.”

For more details contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or visit the Dementia Friendly Stockton website at www.dementiafriendlystockton.co.uk

Latest Dementia Friendly Business Backs Campaign

 

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: Business Event

Businesses and other organisations in Stockton-on-Tees are being invited to attend the Dementia Friendly Stockton: Business Launch Event.

The event will take place on Thursday 27th February 2014 at the ARC Theatre and will last from 4pm to 6pm.  Light refreshments will also be provided.

At the event you will have an opportunity to learn how your organisation can become more dementia friendly and meet the expanding needs of your customers.  The session will introduce simple changes your business can adopt in order to be recognised as a member of the Stockton Dementia Friendly Communities project.

The event will include presentations from Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Peter Kelly, Director of Public Health, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.  There will also be a performance by Skimstone Art who’s nationally recognised production ‘Jack and Jill & The Red Postbox’ explores how dementia can affect a person.

To reserve your place, or for further information, contact Margaret Hutchinson on (01642) 528471 or email m.hutchinson@stockton.gov.uk

See the Dementia Friendly Stockton: Business Launch Event invite

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

Successful registration with the national recognition process

The borough of Stockton-on-Tees has successfully registered with the national recognition process for dementia friendly communities.

The recognition process was launched in September 2013 to publicly identify communities across the UK that are working to become more dementia friendly.

The recognition was achieved as a result of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project which is working with individuals and organisations from across the borough to ensure that people living with dementia can remain active and included members of their community.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton Project is supporting local businesses and other organisations to take a number of low cost, achievable steps that will make them more responsive to the needs of people living with dementia and carers. Any organisations that becomes part of the project and commits to becoming more dementia friendly will be granted the right to display the national ‘Working to become more Dementia Friendly’ symbol.

Any business or organisations who would like to become part of the project and find out what they can do to become more dementia friendly should contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on 01642 611110 or email dfc@clevearc.com.

Dementia Friendly Stockton Consultation Event

Approximately 50 people living with dementia and their carers have visited Preston Hall to take the first steps towards making Stockton-on-Tees a nationally recognised dementia friendly community.

The event at Preston Hall on Tuesday 2nd July provided people living with dementia and their carers with the opportunity to explain what changes would help them to remain active and included within their community.

During the event people suggested that they would be able to access their community more easily if people working in local organisations had a better understanding of dementia, if it was clear which organisations have committed to helping people living with dementia and if there was less of a stigma around dementia.

Peter Prior (Dementia Friendly Communities Link Worker for Cleveland Alzheimer’s) explained “it is great that so many people are getting behind the project and coming along to tell us what changes we need to make in Stockton”.

“Dementia affects the lives of so many people across our community and it is no longer enough to think that dementia is only an issue for people working in health and social care. Instead it is vital that every part of our community considers what they can do to help people living with dementia. This includes helping people with dementia access different parts of their community.

The event included presentations from Gayle Tweed (Chief Executive of Cleveland Alzheimer’s) and Peter Kelly (Director of Public Health in Stockton).

Cleveland Alzheimer’s are working in partnership with individuals and organisations across Stockton-on-Tees to develop the borough as a nationally recognised dementia-friendly community. The next stage of the project will involve addressing the issues highlighted during the event and approaching organisations from across Stockton-on-Tees to explain to them the benefits of becoming more dementia friendly.

For more information on the Dementia Friendly Stockton project or to find out how your organisation can become more dementia friendly please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or email dfc@clevearc.com.