South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance launched

The mayor of Bourne, Helen Powell helps cut the cake with South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance chairman Heather Gilling
The mayor of Bourne, Helen Powell helps cut the cake with South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance chairman Heather Gilling

People with dementia could be better off in the future thanks to a new group which was lanched this week in Bourne.

About 20 groups and organisations across South Lincolnshire were represented at an event at the Elsea Park Community Centre to launch the South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance.

Bourne mayor Helen Powell also attended the event and cut a cake marking the occasion.

The alliance aims to set out a new vision for how society should respond to the challenge of an increasing number of people living with dementia. There are more than 10,800 people living with dementia in the county and that number is expected to reach nearly 15,000 in 10 years’ time.

The South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance involves organisations from the private, public and voluntary sector signing up to the Dementia Declaration which aims to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and their families.

The alliance members will work together to help create “dementia friendly communities” and create a network of community ‘dementia champions.’

To register as a member an organisation needs to complete an action plan which will outline how it will aim to work towards the outcomes listed in the Dementia Declaration.

Chairman Heather Gilling said: “The South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance encourages organisations to work together with the aim of helping our part of the county become more aware of the issues surrounding dementia, and look at ways to support people living with the condition. By working together we can have a greater impact on helping to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia.”

Alliance member Kate Bradley, of Lincolnshire Home Improvement Agency, said: “It’s vital that services locally take responsibility to support the most vulnerable in our community.

“If we all play our part, no matter how small, we can help to support those with dementia and their carers.”

Any individuals, businesses, charities or councils who would like to know more about being a member of the Alliance may contact Heather Gilling on 01778 342421 or email: heather.gilling@btinternet.com