Welcome to Dementia Friendly Kent

Dementia Friendly Kent

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WTBDF – ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly’

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 recocgnition symbols

On Friday July 15th 2016 10am till 1pm at Sessions house in Maidstone. We invited representatives from businesses and organisations across the 8 sectors, as well as people living with dementia to come along and work with us to co-produce  something which we can share.

In attendance there were over 60 people representing the 8 different sectors mentioned above and we also had people attending living with dementia.

We explained the PAS1365 guidance and then split people down into smaller workshops to look at the practicalities so we can build a set of local ‘Kent’ guidance from our local experts ‘the people who are working and living in Kent‘ 

From this event we have a number of actions including:

  • The adoption of a minimum criteria for businesses and organisations who wish to apply to use the Working to Become Dementia Friendly recognition symbol – attached link to left
  • A designated place on this website for businesses who have applied to use the recognition symbol – coming soon 
  • Local sector champions – volunteers from the different sectors who will advise others 
  • Work on a specific Health and social care version of the symbol

The Health and social care version has been worked on during the past year with representatives across the sector, this is now ready to go live 🙂


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