Dementia Friends lead from the front in Nuneaton and Bedworth

The newly launched Nuneaton and Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance held its first Dementia Awareness session last week (Friday 24th November), in support of Warwickshire’s ambition to create 30,000 Dementia Friends across the county.

The session was led by Rina Sarna and Mike Slemensek of Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety and Locality Working Team, who are members of the Action Alliance Steering Group, and was attended by a range of local community leaders, officers and group members.

They included Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Bill Hancox and Mayoress Sheila Hancox, the President of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Attleborough, Mr Jasbir Sekhon, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Councillor Richard Smith, five local members of the Warwickshire Safer Neighbourhood Team including PC Steve Croshaw, and members of the successful ‘Happy, Healthy & Involved’ Health and Wellbeing Hub based in Whitestone.

The vision of the Dementia Action Alliance is for Nuneaton and Bedworth to become a more dementia friendly place for people living with dementia, their relatives and carers.

By working with the Alzheimers Society and a wide range of local organisations, businesses, agencies and local service providers, the Action Alliance wants to build up awareness of dementia in the community, so that people will become more helpful and understanding of the impact of dementia – and the value of people having a caring attitude and being ready to help.

Councillor Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “The creation of two million dementia friends across the country by the Alzheimers Society is a wonderful achievement.

“Our mission in Warwickshire is to support the creation of 30,000 Dementia Friends across our county and I congratulate the Nuneaton and Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance on their efforts to raise awareness.”

Councillor Bill Hancox, Mayor of Nuneaton & Bedworth, said:

“I have found this session very informative and helpful. There is a lot of good work going on in the Borough to help support people with dementia – but clearly there is more we can do and I urge everyone to get behind this worthy cause. I recommend anyone to complete this awareness session and become a Dementia Friend.”

In total, thirteen new Dementia Friends were recruited at the first session.

The Nuneaton and Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance is seeking new members to join – membership is free. Please contact northernareateam@warwickshire.gov.uk or call 01926 737767 for more information.