Huntingdonshire District Council held a week of Dementia Friends sessions in October to help staff learn about what dementia is, how it can affect people and what they can do to help. We are working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Workplace, part of a national programme with over two million Dementia Friends already across the country.
The programme is run by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of its effort to create Dementia Friendly Communities, where people living with dementia are respected, valued and included as much as everyone else.
One in three of us will know someone affected by dementia, with almost 10,000 people living with the condition in Cambridgeshire alone. This is estimated to double by 2021. In addition to this, there are the families, friends and carers who are also affected by it. By raising awareness amongst its employees, we can ensure that they have all the information they need to be able to support people living with dementia, as well as the confidence to do so.
Cllr Angie Dickinson, Executive Councillor for Community Resilience, Well-Being and Regulatory Services, said: "I was delighted with the response from our staff who were keen to understand the challenges faced not only by people with dementia, but also their families. Over a period of a week, 80 employees attended the information sessions and many signed up to be a Dementia Friend. These sessions were organised by our own trained in-house Dementia Champions.
"Huntingdonshire District Council will continue to work with Dementia Action Alliance and hopes soon to gain the status of a Dementia Friendly Workplace. Additional sessions for those who were unable to attend on this occasion will be held in the near future."
We also recently organised a cake sale at our two offices in Huntingdon, which raised an amazing £315.33.