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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