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Kent’s Best Local Community Involvement Initiative

Any project Initiated and/or supported by members of the local community, including those living with dementia, in order to benefit those living with dementia, their family and/or carers

Dementia is more than just a health or social care issue, people with dementia want to live their lives as part of their community.

Its down to us as members of the community to understand how we can all best become more inclusive and help those living with dementia, this involves all aspects of community life from hobbies to shopping, sports leisure and culture.   Think of what we all do and enjoy , why should anyone living with dementia be any different.

This award was designed to celebrate those community initiatives which are encouraging communities to work together with professionals or other groups to best assist those living with dementia

Kent’s Dementia Friendly Awards have been sponsored by businesses across Kent who are members of our Local Dementia Action Alliances and Dementia Friendly Communities

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Our Kent's Best community Involvement Initiative

Good Neighbours - creating a dementia friendly church

Good Neighbours is a local charity in Tunbridge Wells. It was started 9 years ago by a small group of people to address the growing needs of the elderly living in their community.

We were finding that more and more people were being referred to us who had dementia. We were aware that faith groups are in daily contact with large numbers of people and yet were largely ignorant about dementia and how to make themselves more inclusive and welcoming to people with this illness

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West Malling Town Walk

This project was initiated because of the need to ensure that those living with dementia in the community could feel safe and supported when out and about in West Malling town.

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Hartley Memory Café

The decision to set up a Memory Café in Hartley was based upon the success of an earlier local intergenerational project.The first project involved many members of the community supporting each other to raise awareness of Dementia. The second project involved setting up a community-led ‘Memory Café’. My idea initially benefitted from support via community members and the Altzeimers & Dementia Support Service (ADSS).

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Oasis Academy/Dementia cafe Isle of Sheppey

The activities started after the school became part of the Sheppey Dementia friendly communities. From those initial steps the team of 6th formers have volunteered their time, given reign to their imaginations and put in a lot of heart and effort into producing a number of the themed café events whilst also studying for their A Levels.

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