Changing our community
Redditch & Bromsgrove Dementia Friends Together are a group of people from the communities of Redditch & Bromsgrove living well with dementia. We are working to support and inspire communities & Businesses to become dementia friendly. Members of the group sit on the Dementia Action Alliance steering group for Redditch and Bromsgrove.
The group is funded and facilitated by Alzheimer’s Society the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers and is part of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP)
Why not get in-touch to arrange a visit with Redditch & Bromsgrove Dementia Friends Together to have an informal chat about ´working to become dementia friendly´ Our action group meet every Friday at:
Terry Spring Court
West Avenue, Smallwood,
Redditch B97 7DJ.
Why we´re here
Redditch & Bromsgrove Dementia Friends Together work to influence services and increase wider awareness so that people with dementia are better supported. In doing so, it also sets out to challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
Raising awareness about dementia is a key function of the Redditch & Bromsgrove Dementia Friends Together group. This can be seen in the sessions it holds with local schools where they talk about their condition openly, which is especially valuable where younger people may have relatives living with dementia. They also believe that education and raising awareness amongst children is fundamentally important. After all, children may be are our future carers and health care professional.
This vital focus on awareness is shown by our group teaming up with National Dementia Action Alliance to create a local DAA group as part of a government initiative to encourage local communities and organisations to actively help transform the quality of life for millions of people affected by dementia.
How it all began
- Redditch & Bromsgrove Friends Together was set up in July 2014. They are a leadership group made up of people living in Redditch & Bromsgrove who are diagnosed with dementia. They meet weekly to support each other and find ways to improve services and attitudes and to make a better, fairer world for us and other people living with dementia in our local community.
What we´re campaigning for?
We know from
that people who feel part of their community are able to live well in their own homes for longer. The only way this will happen is if we all work together to make small changes and commitments to build a
dementia friendly community
TOGETHER to make a BIG change for people affected by dementia in your community.
To lead and inspire the way forward for other communities.
Sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance
Businesses and organisations in Redditch and Bromsgrove can become part of the
National Dementia Action Alliance
by signing up to the
National Dementia Declaration for England
and submitting an
pledging to implement 7 positive and inspiring actions within your business. Your company can get help and support in setting up your actions, from Kat, your DAA coordinator...
- Contact: Kat Hornner on Tel:01905 612 868
- The group needs volunteers to help achieve the objectives of the group and to work in a peer support service for people living with dementia. If you can spare a few hours a month, we would love to hear from you.
- We are also working to increase the group membership. So if you are living with a diagnosis or probable diagnosis in the Redditch & Bromsgrove community and want to get involved then please contact Jo, our Redditch & Bromsgrove Dementia Friends Coordinator...
- Contact: Jo Weir on Mob:07484 040574 Tel:01905 612 868
Become a Dementia Friend
Businesses, organisations, groups, emergency services, healthcare professionals, places of education and the general community can become a Dementia Friend by simply sparing an hour to take part in a FREE
Dementia Friend Information session
Dementia Friendly Activities Development
- Members are able to share their experiences and to enjoy social opportunities. In addition, the regular meetings also offer the chance for discussion and the opportunity to learn new skills through activities.
- Redditch & Bromsgrove Friends Together and Alzheimer’s Society also want to work with the local community to develop activities that are dementia friendly. Such as Leisure & Wellbeing Groups, Arts & History Groups, Book Clubs & Educational Groups.