EXCELLENT progress has been made to boost South Ribble’s ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ status, as it was announced today that three Leyland organisations have been awarded the ‘Dementia Charter for South Ribble’.

The South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance confirmed that Progress Housing Group, St Ambrose Church, and South Ribble Borough Council have met the criteria to be awarded the Charter.

They have all pledged that both the organisation and staff will work towards dementia-friendly policies and strategies to deliver a positive experience for those living with dementia.

Launched in May this year, South Ribble’s Dementia Charter contains four pledges:

  • Members of our organisation become Dementia Friends’
  • New policies and strategies will consider people living with dementia’
  • Our place of business is friendly and welcoming and designed to help people with dementia have a positive experience’
  • Our events consider the needs of people living with dementia so that they are able to fully participate in community life’

Councillor Karen Walton, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Wellbeing at South Ribble Borough Council, said: “We want to encourage as many businesses, community groups, services and public sector organisations as possible to become part of the Charter Community. This will help to ensure that our town centres, businesses and services are supportive of people living with dementia and their families.”

At Progress Housing Group we are committed to being dementia-friendly. The number of people affected by dementia is steadily increasing, so it is important that we all learn as much as we can about it and find out the best way to help and support those living with dementia and their families. At Progress Housing Group, we support people of all ages and use the skills we have learned through training to spot the signs of dementia, reassure people and where appropriate, refer dementia suffers and their families to our Progress Lifeline service and external agencies and networks that can offer appropriate support. Said, Bernie Keenan, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Services and Growth for Progress Housing Group

The Charter was launched during Dementia Action Week (May 2018) which showed the borough’s stance as one of the region’s most proactive communities for sufferers of the condition.

It is aimed at community groups, businesses and services, who are invited to commit to the four pledges to ensure people living with dementia and their carers are always considered and supported wherever they go.

As well as the Dementia Charter and Dementia Action Week, the Leyland Neighbourhood Forum holds dementia hubs at Leyland Market and there are Dementia Friends awareness sessions regularly across the borough.

Organisations that achieve the Dementia Charter will be listed in the ‘South Ribble Living Well Guide’ – due to be published in September 2018.

For more information on how to sign up for the South Ribble Dementia Charter, go to www.southribble.gov.uk/dementiafriendly.