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Let’s unite for Dementia Awareness Week

04 May 2017

To mark Dementia Awareness Week which takes place from 14 - 20 May 2017, a number of Dementia Awareness Skills Workshops will take place within the Clogher Valley area.

The workshops, which are open to everyone, including individuals, businesses, community groups, service providers, and carers, provide a great opportunity for people in the area to unite and avail of an exciting opportunity to help improve services and create a dementia friendly community.

The workshops will help ensure that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

The Dementia Awareness Skills Workshops are free to attend and will take place at Clogher Old School, Clogher (4 Augher Road, Clogher) on Tuesday 16 May from 2pm – 4pm with lunch served at 1.15pm and Thursday 25 May from 7pm – 9pm with supper served at 6.15pm.

Participants will gain a powerful insight into how dementia is experienced and the impact dementia has on everyday life. This will enable them to be better prepared to identify vulnerable customers and understand their needs.

The workshops have been funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and organised in partnership between: The Alzheimer’s Society, Mid Ulster District Council, Closing the Gap, and the Southern Health & Social Care Trust (SHSCT).

This programme of activity to help create age friendly communities is part of a continued drive to establish Fivemiletown and Clogher as Good Neighbourhoods for Ageing Well across the SHSCT area.

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson endorsed the workshops saying, “With an ageing population, dementia is becoming a bigger issue for society, so it is important that we look at how we can raise awareness about the condition and consider how we as a community respond to it. Many people may not understand or recognise the symptoms of dementia.

“These workshops are a great way to improve awareness and understanding so that people living with dementia, their families and carers can continue to be supported in their local communities by availing of goods, services and companionship delivered by skilled staff equipped to provide the most excellent customer service to meet the needs of everyone in our community.”

Lucille Lennon, Senior Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer at the Public Health Agency (PHA), said: “The PHA and HSCB #STILLME campaign was launched last September to raise awareness of the signs of dementia, and to reduce stigma and fear about the condition.

“The campaign features local people living with a dementia talking about how their condition affects them. The campaign is one element of the Delivering Social Change Dementia Signature Project (DSCDSP) which was developed to transform the commissioning, design and delivery of dementia services for people in Northern Ireland and to improve the quality of care and support for people living with dementia.

“It is our hope that’s through this and workshops such as the Dementia Awareness Skills Workshop that people in Northern Ireland will know more about dementia and be more understanding and supportive of people living with a dementia.”

Places are limited so book your spot now by calling Environmental Health on 03000 132 132 or by emailing ciara.burke@midulstercouncil.org outlining which workshop you would like to attend and any dietary requirements. 

The Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by dementia and there are lots of ways they can help.  Call your local office in Dungannon on 028 8775 3812 or the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/DAW.

For more information on dementia see www.nidirect.gov.uk/dementia.

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