Launch of partnership to achieve a dementia friendly York

21 Jun 2013 @ 4.57 pm
| News

Issued by City of York Council

York is launching its local dementia action alliance called York Dementia Without Walls on Monday 24 June 2013, at an event held in the council’s new West Offices.

Partners from across the city, including local businesses, community groups, individuals and public services will be gathering at the morning event (9.00 – 12.00) to discuss ongoing work to make York a more dementia friendly community, and plans to inspire continued action and awareness raising.

York is an early adopter of a national pilot recognition scheme for dementia friendly communities, led by the Alzheimer’s Society. Organisations and businesses that sign-up to the values in the recognition scheme and publish the action they are intending to take, will be able to display the recognised dementia friendly logo in their shop or service.

Several businesses and organisations in York, including Specsavers, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Haxby and Wiggington community group, Visit York and the British Transport Police will be being presented with their dementia friendly recognition logo at the event by Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services at City of York Council.

She said: “York has a large and growing older population. By 2020, the number of residents over 85 will increase by 60%. In achieving our ambition to create a fair and equal city for all our residents, we are proud to be working as part of the Dementia Without Walls partnership working to make York a dementia-friendly city.

“We aim to meet the changing needs of an ageing population, enabling elderly residents to live in their own homes and communities for longer. It’s hugely encouraging to see these organisations already striving to do the same and I’m pleased to present them with their dementia friendly recognition logo and to see these displayed across York.”

All businesses and partners attending the event will be asked to join York Dementia Without Walls and pledge their support towards making York a more dementia friendly place to live.

Further information about how businesses and residents can be involved, or to attend a dementia information session, can be gained from Dementia Forward on 01765 645904 or email the group here. There is also a Facebook page.

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