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Flint Dementia Awards celebrated

Published: 23/09/2016

Flint Dementia Friendly Steering Group, in association with Flintshire County Council, held their Cupcake Celebration and Business Awards recently at St Mary and St David Church. Sponsored by Wates Living Space Homes, the event was a celebration for the ten Flint businesses or organisations which have been successful in achieving the status of “Working towards becoming Dementia Friendly”. These businesses have successfully pledged a minimum of 3 actions from any of the commitment sections listed below: Commitment 1: Improve staff awareness and understanding (actions include: appointing a dementia champion for the organisation, providing basic understanding of dementia to staff). Commitment 2: Review the physical environment of the store/ premises (actions include: clear signage in store, well-lit entrances). Commitment 3: Support staff who develop dementia or care for a person with dementia (actions include: changing the person’s role, providing in-house counselling). Commitment 4: Support the local community (actions include: fundraising, volunteering, charity partnerships). The Award winners were: · Flint Library · Barclay Bank · Boots the Chemist · Bryn Edwin Care Home · St Mary and St David Church · Flint High School · Wates Living Space Homes · Flintshire Social Services · Flintshire County Council Human Resources · Flintshire County Council Work Force Development Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said: “I am delighted to be here today - these Awards help raise the profile of this disease and show what organisations can do to make life easier for people with dementia and their families. It continues the great work being done throughout the county, for example the opening of memory cafes – we currently have 8 in the county and will be opening more. In addition to this, we currently have 3 dementia friendly towns, as designated by the Alzheimer’s Society. I’d like to thank Wates Living Space for sponsoring this event today and providing the refreshments – the cupcakes are delicious!” Flint town councillor and Chair of the Group, the Rev’d Brian Harvey, Rector of Flint, who presented the awards, said: “The Flint Dementia Friendly group has worked hard to raise awareness of dementia with the help of the Alzheimer’s Society and is committed to working with local businesses, schools and community groups so that the town can become a dementia friendly community where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident that they can contribute to the life of the town. “Our group has been extremely well supported by the Planning and Development Team of Flintshire County Council’s Social Services Department.” For more information, please contact Luke Pickering-Jones on 01352 702655 or