Local Dementia alliance is launched

Alliance launchLocal and countywide organisations who work in support of people living with dementia – have come together to form a local alliance in Nuneaton and Bedworth with the aim of creating a more dementia-friendly borough.

The new Nuneaton & Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance was officially launched by Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Councillor Bill Hancox on Friday 6 October at an event attended by representatives from a range of organisations who are showing their support for this new initiative. Organisations represented included Warwickshire County Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Warwickshire Police and the Alzheimers’ Society

The purpose of the alliance is to focus closely on the issues affecting people living with dementia and their carers, within the borough, and work closely to help co-ordinate the work of agencies and organisations who can provide support.

There are thought to be around 1,700 people living with dementia in Nuneaton & Bedworth, with many more affected by it. By 2025 this figure is predicted to rise to 2,200.

Additionally the alliance is committed to raising public awareness about dementia, It will promote information about how the risk of dementia in later life can be significantly reduced by adopting healthier lifestyles including healthy eating and exercise.

Cllr Bill Hancox, Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth said: ”I fully support the launch of the first local Dementia Action Alliance in Warwickshire. I appeal to local businesses and organisations in communities and the public and private sector to get behind this effort and sign up as members. Membership is free.”

The alliance is now seeking to expand its membership and particularly wants to engage local businesses as members. The more groups and organisations that are involved – the bigger the impact on improving the lives of people living with dementia.

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “This initiative has my full support. The new local alliance is a fresh approach that will help service providers to engage closely with local people to meet their specific needs. I welcome the drive to recruit members from local businesses and in fact all groups and organisations in the community. They can all make a difference.”

Anyone wishing to join the Dementia Action Alliance, or for more information should contact Warwickshire County Council’s Localities and Partnerships team on northernareateam@warwickshire.gov.uk

Visit the Warwickshire County Council website for information about living with dementia www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia If you have any concerns about dementia please contact your GP.