Guildhall event to help make Northampton more dementia friendly

Published: Friday, 25 November 2016

Northampton Borough Council is to host an event to help raise awareness of dementia, as part of its work towards supporting the town to become more dementia-friendly.

The event will also help promote the role of Admiral Nurses, who offer support and advice to people caring for loved ones who are living with dementia.

Members of the public can drop into the event which will be held in the Guildhall’s Court Room between 10am and 4.30pm on Wednesday 30 November.

Information and advice from Northampton General Hospital, Call Care and other local care providers will also be made available.

Dementia UK Chief Executive, Hilda Hayo will be attending the event and will draw from her experience of being an Admiral Nurse to offer advice on dementia care and explain what organisations and businesses in Northampton can do to help make the town more dementia friendly.

There will also be opportunities for private chats with practitioners for those wanting to discuss how dementia is affecting them or a loved one.

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet member of community engagement and safety, Cllr Anna King, said: “We are working hard to make Northampton one of the most dementia friendly towns in the country.

“Dementia sadly, will impact upon each and every one of us in the years ahead. This event will give people with concerns and questions about dementia care the opportunity to ask questions and get information.

“I also hope local businesses will come along to see how they can make a difference to dementia care in Northampton.”

Andy Roberts, Director of the event sponsor Silverstar Travel, said: “I am delighted to host this event at the Guildhall to help raise awareness about dementia care in the town, and in particular about the vital role that Admiral Nurses play in supporting the loved ones of people living with dementia.

“More hospitals around the country are appointing Admiral Nurses and I hope that this support service will become available Northampton in the near future.”