At Preston Hall
Approximately 50 people living with dementia and their carers have visited Preston Hall to take the first steps towards making Stockton-on-Tees a nationally recognised dementia friendly community.
The event at Preston Hall on Tuesday 2nd July provided people living with dementia and their carers with the opportunity to explain what changes would help them to remain active and included within their community.
During the event people suggested that they would be able to access their community more easily if people working in local organisations had a better understanding of dementia, if it was clear which organisations have committed to helping people living with dementia and if there was less of a stigma around dementia.
Peter Prior (Dementia Friendly Communities Link Worker for Cleveland Alzheimer’s) explained “it is great that so many people are getting behind the project and coming along to tell us what changes we need to make in Stockton”.
“Dementia affects the lives of so many people across our community and it is no longer enough to think that dementia is only an issue for people working in health and social care. Instead it is vital that every part of our community considers what they can do to help people living with dementia. This includes helping people with dementia access different parts of their community.
The event included presentations from Gayle Tweed (Chief Executive of Cleveland Alzheimer’s) and Peter Kelly (Director of Public Health in Stockton).
Cleveland Alzheimer’s are working in partnership with individuals and organisations across Stockton-on-Tees to develop the borough as a nationally recognised dementia-friendly community. The next stage of the project will involve addressing the issues highlighted during the event and approaching organisations from across Stockton-on-Tees to explain to them the benefits of becoming more dementia friendly.