RUGBY DEMENTIA CONFERENCE
Supporting dementia friendly communities across Rugby Borough
Rugby’s first dementia conference took place on Wednesday 7 February 2018, as part of a series of events that are being organised across the county to help raise awareness of dementia and agree what action can be taken locally to make Rugby Borough more dementia friendly.
Approximately 75 people, mainly from across the community, voluntary and public sectors, attended the conference, to hear talks on the national context for people living with dementia, what is available in Warwickshire to support people living with dementia and some personal perspectives from people with direct experience of living with dementia, from those with the condition to those who are caring for people with dementia.
There was a “market place” where organisations offering services, support or activities for people living with dementia were able to network and provide information to those attending.
The conference also included a series of workshops focussing what we (individuals, groups and organisations) can do to make Rugby Borough more dementia friendly, under the following headings:
- Dementia friendly environments
- Dementia friendly groups
- Dementia friendly communities
25 people also became Dementia Friends by attending the dementia friends information session at the end of the event. (for more information, please visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
A booklet outlining the activities and support for people living with dementia in Rugby Borough was also launched. This will be available via the WCC Rugby Area Team webpage at: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/rugbyareainformation
The event was organised in partnership between: Warwickshire County Council Community Safety and Locality Working Service (Rugby Team), Rugby Dementia Support, Alzheimer’s Society, Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) and Rugby Borough Council.
Next steps: The conference planning group will be meeting at the beginning of March to look at the feedback from the event, both from the workshops and the evaluation forms. A follow up session will be organised to take any action forward.