Chelmsford City Council is leading on the work to make Chelmsford a Dementia Friendly Community. Working with key organisations, the Council aims to create a city where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported to continue to contribute to community life.
In a Dementia Friendly Community people will be aware of and understand dementia and people will feel included, involved and have choice and control over their day to day lives. As the population gets older, work around Dementia and other age-related conditions will become more important to the Council, businesses and residents alike.
Chelmsford City Council’s Champion for Disabled Children and Adults, Councillor Stephanie Scott, said “The Council is committed to raising awareness of Dementia and is actively promoting the Dementia Friends initiative to members of staff and local businesses. The Alzheimer’s Society’s five year strategy demonstrates an ambition to work with people affected by dementia and key partners to define and develop communities across the country.”
She added “I am very excited to be joining the thousands of people who will unite for the Essex Memory Walk at Hylands Park on 17 September to fundraise for those affected by Dementia. The Alzheimer's Society has recently stated that physical exercise can assist in reducing the risk of Dementia, therefore, walking on behalf of those touched by this illness is appropriate recognition from all who undertake the Memory Walk this year.”
Chelmsford City Council coordinates the Chelmsford Dementia Action Alliance which is a forum that brings together organisations and businesses and encourages and supports them to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia. With an estimated 2,246 people living in Chelmsford with dementia, the Council wants to make sure they feel part of and enjoy our community.
This initiative aims to help people with dementia to take part in everyday activities such as shopping and exercise. By working together we can also increase empathy and support for dementia carers by developing a shared understanding of the emotional and practical challenges they face. For more information about how your organisation can get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01245 606341.
Monday 11 September 2017