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Getting Involved in Dementia Awareness Week 2013

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  • #DAW2013
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Bedworth
  • Coventry
  • Dementia
  • Dementia Portal
  • Living Well with Dementia
  • mental-health
  • Nuneaton
  • Rugby
  • warwickshire county council

Warwickshire County Council have pledged our commitment to become a Dementia Friendly Community by signing up to the National Dementia Declaration. Our vision is that people with dementia and their carers will regard Warwickshire as a place where people can live well with dementia.

We know that many of you will be touched by dementia and we are therefore asking for your help in achieving our ambitious programme. We are asking you to raise your own (or others’) awareness of dementia and to find out more about dementia to demonstrate your commitment to becoming dementia aware.

There are a range of things that you can do to get involved during dementia awareness week (19th – 25th May 2013) and beyond. Working towards becoming a dementia-friendly community will need all our on-going support, so what better time to start than now? Please help us by picking as many things that you think you can do to help:

1. Visit the Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well With Dementia Portal

Learn more about how people can live well with dementia and the local sources of support, services and information that are available to people:

Visit the Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Portal 

And also follow the Partnership on Twitter: @DementiaCandW

2. Order and distribute resources that raise awareness of dementia

You can find out what resources we have available and order a supply. We are keen to hear from not just businesses but also from anyone who runs a community group or voluntary organisation and would like to hold a supply.

To order these materials, please contact: dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk or Telephone 01926 742299.

3. Books on Prescription – Dementia Texts

Visit your local Warwickshire Library and borrow one of the books on dementia, or signpost someone to the books. These books aim to enhance and enable people to live well with dementia, and are a great resource for increasing your awareness of dementia.

Further details are also available from the Books on Prescription Website

4. Warwickshire Exercise on Referral Scheme: Dementia

If you have, or know someone with, a diagnosis of early to mid-stage dementia, ask if they know about the Warwickshire Exercise Referral Scheme, and whether they would like to participate in an activity programme (mostly in local leisure centres). People will need to be referred to the scheme by their GP, Practice Nurse or another registered professional.

For further information please contact Penny Kirkham at Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire Sport: penny@cswsport.org.uk or Telephone: 02476 574889

For further details please go to the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport Website

5. Sign-up to become a Dementia Friend

The Alzheimer’s Society are working to create a network of a million Dementia Friends across England by 2015. Being a Dementia Friend gives you an understanding of the condition and the small things you can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia.

Further details are available from the Dementia Friends Website.

If we work together in Warwickshire, we can become both Dementia aware and friendly, with people with dementia and their carers regarding Warwickshire as a good place to live well with the conditions.

Thank you for your continued support from all of us at the Partnership 

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Save the date: Dementia Conference, Tuesday 17th September

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  • Alzheimers
  • Dawn Brooker
  • Dementia
  • Practitioners
  • Providers
  • Social Care Practitioners

We are very pleased to announce hosting a one day conference on the 17 of September to showcase work being done at a local level to support people to live well with dementia and to formally launch Warwickshire as a dementia friendly community. The aims of the conference are to raise awareness and understanding of the conditions and to showcase the various types of support available to empower people living with dementia in Warwickshire.

The event will be aimed at professionals, customers, carers, providers and the voluntary and independent sector the conference will provide an opportunity to hear about Warwickshire progress with the delivery of our local dementia strategy and to find out how the community can help support people with dementia to remain independent at home.

We also have a range of speakers planned for the event and have secured Professor Dawn Brooker from University of Worcester, who is a leading academic in the field of dementia care, to talk about the VIPS training around person centred care. We will also have people with dementia themselves at the event sharing their experiences about life before and after diagnosis.

Experience sessions during the day will include a taster of Exercise on Referral scheme for people with dementia, singing for the brain or a walk round the Dementia House. There will also be a range of stands around the venue containing information about the types of support people with dementia and their carer can access, e.g.  reminiscence therapy, and Books on Prescription.

Throughout the day, we will have interactive twitter communication asking people with dementia and their family members how services could be improved to ensure a better quality of life.

The event will conclude with all attendees’ pledging how they will contribute to improving lives of people with dementia in local communities.

The venue for this conference will be The Holiday Inn HotelBridgefoot, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6RY.

Expressions of interest – Arts in Dementia

We are seeking expressions of interest from artists/organisations to showcase innovate projects and to deliver workshops as part of our Living Well with Dementia conference.

We recognise the value of arts and creativity to support people with dementia, and carers, to live well with dementia. We therefore want to reflect this within the conference and have opportunity for innovative projects to showcase their work to Commissioners in Warwickshire, via a market stall display and via the delivery of workshops on the day. There are no restriction on artform and can be participatory or as audience.

There is a limited budget which will be negotiated on an individual basis.

To apply, please express your interest by:

Submitting a short Artists Statement (no longer than two A4 typed sides) to ewaniepsuj@warwickshire.gov.uk  that describes your work, how it supports people with dementia to live well and what you can bring to the conference. A contact sheet with the main contacts details for your organisation and up to 6 images of work/projects can also be supplied.

Find out more on the Arts Council England website.

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