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Poole councillors become 'Dementia Friends'

Councillors in Poole have followed in the footsteps of the national Cabinet by undergoing a free Dementia Friends awareness session.

The sessions, run in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, help participants to learn more about dementia and the little things they can do to help those living with the condition. A total of 21 Poole’s councillors have now taken part, as Poole takes another step to becoming a dementia friendly town.

There are more than 685,000 people in England living with dementia, a figure which is expected to rise to over two million by 2051. Even everyday tasks like visiting the high street can be confusing and frightening for people with dementia, something which the Dementia Friends awareness sessions work to address. 

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, Borough of Poole, who attended one of the sessions, said: "The number of people with dementia in the UK is steadily rising, making it increasingly important for us to understand how best to support our residents, their family and carers. The awareness session was very interesting, and a great chance for me and my colleagues to learn more about the condition and how to provide the best help possible."

Cllr Chris Wilson, Borough of Poole’s Dementia Champion, said: "The Dementia Friends awareness sessions are an invaluable way to help give participants the chance to learn more about how to make this growing part of our community feel supported and secure. We have had a great response from councillors following the sessions, and we’d encourage others to consider taking up the opportunity."

Staff from several businesses in Poole have also already taken part in the free awareness sessions. If you are interested in arranging a session, or would like to help make Poole a Dementia Friendly town by becoming a Dementia Friend yourself, please contact Jan Evans on 07824 137781 or email jan.evans@pwbcollaborative.org.uk.

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