Amazing volunteers unite against dementia

Volunteers working tirelessly to support people living with dementia in Nuneaton and Bedworth have been recognised for their dedication at a recent awards ceremony supported by Warwickshire County Council.

Organised by Nuneaton and Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance (N&B DAA), the event took place at Nuneaton Town Council during Dementia Action Week (20 – 26th May).

Eight community groups received framed certificates in praise of their work to make Nuneaton and Bedworth a more dementia–friendly borough.

The event took place in front of a packed council chamber of more than 70 guests representing a wide variety of agencies and organisations, including Warwickshire County Council, the Alzeimer’s Society, and Warwickshire’s Equality and Inclusion Partnership.

Some of the groups and activities to receive an award included: singing groups for people with dementia and their carers; carers cafes, dementia drop in centres, weekly meet ups for people with dementia and their carers, and many more.

The award recipients were also recognised as ‘Working to become a dementia – friendly community 2019-20’ which means they are now entitled to use the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘DFC’ logo when advertising their services.

The local Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Fire and Rescue Service also received awards for the contributions they are making to support people with dementia, and in recognition of fact that many officers and staff are now ‘Dementia Friends’, having completed Alzheimer’s society awareness sessions

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for adult social care and health, said:

“There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. The work that is undertaken by these volunteers in Nuneaton and Bedworth is nothing short of amazing and I’m delighted their hard work and dedication has been recognised.

People volunteer for a whole range of reasons, but they all bring their unique skills and perspectives to significantly enhance the lives of people living with dementia, and their carers. The work of the police, and Fire and Rescue Service is also a fantastic step forward, alongside the Nuneaton and Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance – all making for a more dementia–friendly borough.”

Cllr June Tandy, Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth said:

“I am so proud to see all this good work going on. It’s great to see the people of Nuneaton supporting each other and I want to thank all the volunteer groups from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful things they are doing for people living with dementia and their carers. It’s lovely to see the police and Fire and Rescue Service working with us on this too, and fantastic that we also have our own Dementia Action Alliance”.

For more information about the groups and services that received awards contact: northernareateam@warwickshire.gov.uk

For details about becoming a member of the Nuneaton & Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance contact: northernareateam@warwickshire.gov.uk

For information about dementia and services available in Warwickshire visit: www.livingwellwithdementia.warwickshire.org