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Dementia Friendly Community Working Group Update: 6 February 2020

Just as a reminder, our group is made up of representatives from the following organisations: Great Torrington Town Councillors and Officers, Friends of the Library, the Memory Café, Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers, TorrAGE, TTVS, Torrington Community Hospital, Castle House Care Home and Hatchmoor Nursing Home Since the group last gave an update in The Crier we have been busy with the following activities:

Dementia Friendly Window Stickers: I expect you will have seen that a number of businesses across town are proudly displaying their new Dementia Friendly window stickers. These are businesses that have staff who have become ‘Dementia Friends’ and have pledged to take actions within their business to become more dementia friendly. If your business would like to join in with this initiative, please contact Charlotte Kirby at the Town Council (details below) to book yourselves on a Dementia Awareness Session.

Information Pack: The group has finalised and started distributing this pack which contains information about local resources for people living with dementia and their carers. The feedback about the pack so far has been very positive.

Twiddle Muffs: In last month’s Crier you will have seen a request for wool and other embellishments to help with the latest Town Hall Knit & Natter project to knit Twiddle Muffs for the local care homes and people living with dementia. Thank you to everyone who has donated items for this project! The group has been storming ahead with this activity and has already produced a number of beautiful muffs which you may have seen displayed in the windows of the Town Hall recently.

Dementia Action Week: This will take place between 11th and 17th May 2020. The group is putting together a programme of events to take place in the town for people living with dementia, their families and carers and also to raise awareness about dementia amongst the wider community. Look out for more details about Dementia Action Week in future editions of The Crier.

Dementia Awareness Sessions: We have another session planned for Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 6pm in the Conservative Club on South Street. If you would like to come along to learn more about Dementia, please contact Charlotte Kirby, Assistant Town Clerk on 01805 626135 or via email: admin@great-torringtontowncouncil.gov.uk to book your place.