Salisbury Cathedral will host the first gathering of partners and community groups involved in Salisbury’s Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) next week (Thursday, 25 January) since its launch last summer.
Local businesses, schools, GPs, hospital staff, charities, councillors, churches, people living with dementia and their carers are just some of those who will attend the forum to celebrate all that has happened since June last year, and to re-commit to the pledge to make Salisbury a dementia friendly community.
Revd Jonathan Plows, chairman of the Salisbury DAA said: “Coming together every six months at a forum event is just one of the ways we are able to stay in touch, share successes and challenges, and work better together to make the city more dementia friendly.”
Successes since last year include the Alzheimer’s Society’s new Side by Side service which provides individual volunteer support for people wanting to keep active, while living with dementia. An informative guide has been produced which gives a list of dementia services available in Salisbury, and the cathedral also hosted a dementia roadshow.
Jerry Wickham, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Many people with dementia feel trapped in their own homes so these alliances are vital in helping them feel more involved and part of something. The isolation that dementia causes can be devastating and we are committed to ensuring people living with the condition in Wiltshire don’t feel this way.
“It’s brilliant that so many people from different professions and backgrounds will be coming to the cathedral to support one another and celebrate the great work this alliance does.”
There are eighteen DAAs in Wiltshire, all of which draw their communities closer together by becoming more dementia friendly. If you wish to contribute to your local alliance or for more information please visit https://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/your-dementia-action-alliance.