Welcome to Dementia Friendly Kent

Dementia Friendly Kent

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Working to Become Dementia Friendly (WTBDF)

The Dementia friendly Kent ‘WTBDF’ recognition symbol is  open to applications from Kents businesses and organisations

From May 2018 this is now extended to Kents Health and Social care providers, with their very own symbol.

Would your business/ organisation like to better support people affected by dementia? Would you like to help make Kent Dementia Friendly? Your business/ organisation can apply for the ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly’ Recognition Symbol.  On this page you will be able to see how small considerations and minor changes can hugely affect how you are able to support someone affected by dementia.  As one of our recognised Providers, you will be able to use your recognition symbol on your advertising and literature, have access to a local support network to share best practice and be able to influence change in your community, you will also have a designated page on our Dementia Friendly Kent Website, advising viewers of your pledges and commitments.

There are separate applications and criteria for:

  • Businesses and Organisations
  • Health and Social Care Providers

Many local Kent dementia action alliances and dementia friendly communities will be focusing on promoting the use of the symbol this year starting this dementia awareness week in May.

To the right of this panel you will find pdf copies of information literature and application forms. Applications can be done online or downloaded and emailed to the team. dementiafriendlykent@kent.gov.uk 

As organisations and businesses sign up and have their applications approved by the local groups you will be able to see their applications in the Organisations sector of this website. (tab to the right)

Hear about why businesses are  ‘Working to Become Dementia Friendly’

Co op Food store in Sandwich

History of the project

As part of our work to make Kent more ‘Dementia Friendly ‘ we have been looking at the recommendations from the recent British Standards ‘Best Practice’ guidelines (PAS1365) for building  ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ and promoting  ‘’Dementia Friendly Organisations and Businesses’

There are 8 recommended areas (below) which most businesses will fit into

  1. Arts, culture, leisure and recreation
  2. Businesses and shops
  3. Children, young people and students
  4. Community, voluntary, faith groups and organizations
  5. Emergency services
  6. Health and social care
  7. Housing
  8. Transport

We want to try to help the local Kent Communities, Organisations and Businesses by giving them something to use as guidance, with examples of what they could do both practically and realistically to be able to use the recognition symbols

For more information please contact The Dementia Friendly Communities Team at dementiafriendlykent@kent.gov.uk

 

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