Leisure staff learn how to be dementia friends

Posted on: 14 December 2016

Staff from Mid Devon Leisure recently attended a Tiverton Dementia Alliance ‘friends session’ to help promote a better understanding and awareness of dementia amongst the local community and to help reduce the stigma that can be associated with the condition.

The Alliance was set up in May this year to help the town of Tiverton to work towards being a dementia friendly community. This means everyone (from individuals, organisations, social groups, shops, etc.) can, share part of the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia and their families are understood, feel valued and are able to contribute to their community. As part of this initiative, dementia champion and alliance coordinator Sue Moore has been organising dementia ‘friends awareness sessions’ for businesses, organisations and individuals, such as the one recently attended by staff from Mid Devon Leisure and held at Exe Valley Leisure Centre.

Assistant Manager (Front of House) Kelly Lee, who attended said: ‘The course was fantastic and I would encourage everyone to attend one of these useful sessions and become a dementia friend”.

Anyone who wants to know more about the Tiverton Dementia Action Alliance or who wants to become a dementia friend can contact Sue Moore on tivertondementian@gmail.com.

Additional sessions will be held next year at Culm Valley Sports Centre in Cullompton and Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton.

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