The Kingsbridge Dementia Friendly Community is a small charity that aims to support people with dementia, their family, friends and carers living in Kingsbridge and surrounding villages and everywhere in between.
It is difficult to estimate how many people in our community are currently affected by dementia, the official Department of Health figures for 2016/2017 show that there are 5,622 people with dementia in the Torbay and South Devon CCG area against a national average of 3,605. This is an average of 1.93% of our population living with dementia against a national CCG average of 1.3%.
Due to the nature of the illness if a person is diagnosed with dementia it is likely to impact the whole family.
We want to ensure that the voices of those living with dementia in our community are heard valued and included, and establish links with businesses, service providers, emergency services and leisure organisations to encourage them to take action to improve services and increase awareness of dementia.
We currently have three Dementia Friends Champions in our local area who have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Society to present the Dementia Friends Information Session and promote awareness of dementia by sharing five key messages. The sessions are 45 minutes long and can be tailored to any age group. We have recently held sessions for local brownies, guides and beavers and staff at Costa and Fusion Lifestyle. If you run a group, organisation or business we would love to come and talk to you.
We are planning awareness events to take place in Dementia Action Week which runs from 21 – 27 May along with events throughout our community for Cupcake Day on 14 June more details will be announced soon.
Our trustee meetings are at Quay House and all are welcome to attend, the next will take place at 10am on 21 June.