There are currently over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this figure is set to rise to 1 million by 2021.
In Cannock Chase District, there are approximately 1,184 people living with dementia and this figure is expected to increase to just over 2,000 by 2030.
The Chase Community Partnership has been working towards making Cannock Chase a dementia- friendly place over the last two years, with particular successes in parts of the District such as Hednesford and Norton Canes.
Join the Cannock Chase Dementia Action Alliance
In July 2016 Cannock Chase Council became a member of the Dementia Action Alliance.
The Council plays a key role in the Cannock Chase Dementia Action Alliance, which is well attended by a range of partners from public, private and voluntary sectors.
The Alliance held a successful ‘dementia friendly’ launch event in Cannock Town Centre in September 2016 where organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors were on hand to provide advice and promote local services to members of the public. The event was extremely well attended and increased awareness amongst people living with dementia about the support available to them.
The continued work of the Dementia Action Alliance will help to improve the quality of life for the increasing number of people living with the condition, by helping to create communities in which people living with dementia feel they are part of.
If you would like to join the Dementia Action Alliance please contact Kat Horner the DAA Co-ordinator for the West Midlands, E: Kat.firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01543 255955 / 07714 915879.
Become a Dementia Friend
The Dementia Friends Programme is the Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Dementia Friends are helping to create communities in which people living with dementia feel more understood and included.
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. People can attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch an online video - Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways an individual can help.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour and people will learn more about dementia and how individuals can help to create dementia friendly communities.
If you would like to arrange a Dementia Friends Information Session for your staff please contact Karla Vowles, E: Karlavowles@cannockchasedc.gov.uk T: 01543 464635 M: 07976385869.
News & Information
This section provides links to useful resources and press releases that have been issued.
What`s On Guide - To support the ongoing dementia-friendly initiatives, a ‘What’s On’ Guide has been produced to promote local services that are available within the District for people living with dementia and their carers. This guide is available in electronic and hard copies.
Press release - 13 September 2016: Let`s make Cannock Chase a dementia-friendly District
Press release - 17 November 2016: Creating dementia-friendly communities in Cannock Chase District
Achievements of the Action Alliance over the last 12 months
Over the last 12 months, people living with dementia in Cannock Chase have seen an increase in awareness and help thanks to a number of successful initiatives delivered by the local Dementia Action Alliance.
You can read more about these highlights here.
Last Updated: 12/01/2018