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Dementia Friendly Communities

Introduction to DFC Team

The Dementia Friendly Communities Team are part of the Innovation Delivery Team at Kent County Council and work with Communities to increase awareness and understanding of Dementia, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and remain part of their community.  This includes all parts of the community such as private businesses, voluntary organisations, care providers and people affected by dementia including sports and leisure organisations,shops, cafes, banks and restaurants to make communities more accessible for people living with dementia.

Dementiafriendlykent@kent.gov.uk

Live Twitter Feed: @DFC_Kent

Jo Evans – Project Officer Dementia Friendly Communities

Email: jo.evans@kent.gov.uk

Telephone: 03000 415307

Laura Summers – Project Officer Dementia Friendly Communities. (Monday to Wednesday)

Email: laura.summers@kent.gov.uk

Telephone: 03000 415303

Useful Links

Dementia Friends Information Sessions - https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

DEEP Dementia Words Matter - http://dementiavoices.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DEEP-Guide-Language.pdf

24 Hour Helpline - https://www.alz-dem.org/helpline

Virtual Dementia Tour - https://www.training2care.co.uk/virtual-dementia-tour.htm

Working to Become Dementia Friendly Recognition Symbol

Kent has its own Working to Become Dementia Friendly Recognition Symbol (WTBDF)which organisations, schools, care and health organisations and sole traders are encouraged to apply for.  This symbol is to showcase that an organisation is working towards becoming more dementia friendly for their community.  The Symbol was developed by members of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance and is in place alongside the Alzheimer’s Society’s work on recognising Businesses and Dementia Friendly Organisations.  

Recognised providers can use their symbol on advertising and literature, have access to their local Dementia Friendly Community support network to share best practice and influence change.  

WTBDF Providers are asked to meet a short criteria which supports becoming dementia friendly, they are asked to make some pledges and take small actions and considerations to help make their organisation dementia friendly. Officersen courage joint working with an organisation or group from another sector to help build up support networks within the community and strengthen local connections.

Each year Providers are asked to complete a self-assessment in order to renew their status as a recognised provider.  

Application Form Care and Health

Application Form Sole Trader

Application Form Org and Business

Some of our Working to Become Dementia Friendly Recognised Providers

•      Charity Bank (Tonbridge)

•      Albany Funeral Services (Maidstone))

•      Inspirations Hair Salon (Tonbridge)

•      Ashford Borough Council (Ashford)

•      St. John the Evangelist Church (Tonbridge)

•      Dover Transport Museum (Dover)

•      Castle Car’s Taxi’s (Tonbridge)

•      Valley Park School (Maidstone)

Kent’s Dementia Friendly Communities

· Sevenoaks- Area Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Elaine Murray E Mail: elaine.murray@thegoodcaregroup.com

· Tunbridge Wells- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Chris Parker E Mail: rtwdfc@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tunbridge-Wells-DFC-399724427538294/

· Building a Dementia Friendly- Maidstone

Chair: Bekka Fuszard E Mail: maidstoneDFC@whitehead-monckton.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maidstonedementiafriendlycommunity

Twitter: @MaidstoneDFC

 

· Tonbridge- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Chris Parker E Mail: info@tonbridgedfc.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TonbridgeDFC

· East Peckham- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Sandra Edmonds E Mail: Sandra.Edmonds@kent.gov.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/East-Peckham-Dementia-Friendly-Community-105114164237880/

· Dartford and Gravesham- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Coreen Ashmore E Mail: coreena@tgbaynes.com

· Swanley- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Jagdeep Yogarajah E Mail: Jagdeep.yogarajah@homeinstead.co.uk

· Sittingbourne- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: jo.evans@kent.gov.uk Telephone: 07885 977746

· Isle of Sheppey- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Nigel Martin E Mail: Nigel@sheppeymatters.co.uk

· Canterbury and Ashford- Dementia Action Alliance

Chair: Liz Taylor E Mail: Elizabeth.taylor@alzheimers.org.uk

Chair: Alison Carter E Mail: alisoncarter@noplacelikehome.eu

· Faversham- Dementia Action Alliance

Chair: Alison Carter Alisoncarter@noplacelikehome.eu

· Sandwich- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Sally Barclay Telephone: 01304614237

· Dover- Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Elliott Allen E Mail: Elliott.Allen@dover.gov.uk

· Hythe- Dementia Friendly Community

Website: www.dementiaawarehythe.co.uk

E Mail: dementiaawarehythe@ageukhl.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HytheDementia/

· Aylesham- Dementia Action Alliance

Chair: Ian Barker E Mail: ian.barker@yourleisure.uk.com

· Thanet- Dementia Action Alliance

Chair: Jo Evans E Mail: jo.evans@kent.gov.uk

 

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