The forth Dementia Friendly Kent awards took place on Friday 5th October 2018 at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, as always we had a wonderful time and truly celebrated the good work taking place right across Kent aiming to make Kent a Dementia Friendly County.
In the same vein as other years, the judging of the awards is completed purely by people living with dementia and we need to say a great thanks to the Kent fire and rescue volunteers who toured Kent attending the various dementia groups and assisting people to complete the judging.
Anne Tidmarsh – KCC – Director – Older People and Physical Disability.
“This is the fourth year of the Dementia Awards in Kent. The previous Award’s ceremonies just showed how much has been achieved in relation to making Kent dementia friendly.
This year we are celebrating the Dementia Friendly Communities Team fifth year anniversary by celebrating with a theme of wood. Trees have been created by all different
communities to celebrate memories and we are bringing them all together at our Awards Ceremony to create our ‘forest of thoughts’.
People from all walks of life, from Health and Social Care to a taxi company, local café, leisure centres and many more have shown the difference it can make to become more dementia aware. Kent has already made great strides however, we still have some way to go.
Across Kent there are many examples of organisational changes that have been achieved, pilot projects and community activities that are taking place as part of the dementia friendly communities work and many businesses and organisations working to become dementia friendly. These actions are all making our communities more accessible, friendly and empathetic places for people with dementia to live in.
The Kent DAA wants to acknowledge the wonderful and innovative work that has taken place this year and celebrate the steps made so far by enabling people to share their achievements and to learn from each other.
This year we are celebrating the achievements again and I am really proud as the chair of the DAA to be able to congratulate not only the winners but everybody who has made a contribution to making our communities more supportive for people living with dementia and to inspire even more people to contribute to supporting their local community.”
Without sponsorship these awards would not happen, so big thanks to all our sponsors
2018 Finalists and Winners
- Dementia Friendly Organisation/ Company Award (Less than 50 staff)
- Dementia Friendly Organisation/ Company Award (More than 50 staff)
- Kent’s Most Inspiring Care Provider
- Dementia Friendly Sports and Leisure award
- Community and Partnership Project Award
- Intergenerational Activity Award
- The Emma Kent Award for Outstanding Contribution
- Most inspiring Dementia Friendly Community Award
Our Hosting Team for the Awards
A big thank you for Shaun Williamson for coming along and being so entertaining