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Northampton Borough Council set to support Dementia Awareness Week

Published: Thursday, 12 May 2016

Northampton Borough Council is set to show its support for people living with dementia as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

An information display will be held in the One Stop Shop at The Guildhall throughout the week-long campaign from the Alzheimer’s Society which is running nationally from 15 to 21 May.

VoiceAbility will have a stall at the One Stop Shop on Thursday 19 May from 12pm to 3pm with a drop-in session for people to find out more about their advocacy service for people with dementia as well as providing advice for family members.

The Alzheimer’s Society will also be holding a roadshow in a vintage bus on the Market Square from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 19 May, providing information about their services alongside items and displays about Northampton’s past.

The council joined the ranks of Dementia Friends last year and signed up to help raise awareness of the condition that affects the lives of millions of people and their carers across the country. As part of this, senior managers and frontline staff throughout the council all received training sessions to increase their awareness.

For Dementia Awareness Week, staff at the council will take part in a national initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society to ‘join hands to give a message to dementia’. Staff will be encouraged to confront their fears about dementia by writing a personal message on a hand print.

The council has also written to town centre businesses encouraging them to become dementia friendly and arrange training and awareness sessions for their staff.

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We all have people in our lives who have been affected by dementia in some way and are aware of the many difficulties faced by people living with the condition and those that care for them.

Any businesses interested in helping to make Northampton a dementia-friendly town are asked to contact Marion Goodman, head of customers and communities, by phone on 01604 838273 or by email at [email protected]