Dementia Awareness Week

Help us to create an unforgettable message 

KNITTERS and crafters are being asked to help create an unforgettable display to promote Tameside as a dementia friendly borough. Tameside Council’s public health team and partners are planning to decorate local landmarks and community meeting points with both hand-made and home-grown forget-me-not flowers – the Dementia Friends logo – as part of activities to highlight Dementia Awareness Week from 14 – 21 May 2017.

Schools and community groups across the borough are already busy making and growing forget-me-nots but more people are needed to get involved to help create the displays.

Anyone who wants to knit or crochet a forget me not can download the pattern at  Forget Me Not - To Knit or Crochet and drop their work off at one of following venues:

• Dukinfield Town Hall

• Any Tameside libraries

• Hattersley Hub

• Portland Basin Museum

Tameside Council is also supporting The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends campaign, which aims to make life a little easier for people living with dementia, by encouraging as many people as possible to become dementia friends and help create a more dementia-friendly society.  Becoming a Dementia Friend does not involve raising money for charity or donating your time on a regular basis. It simply asks that Dementia Friends remember what they have learned and put it into practice when they meet someone who might need their help, whether this is through their work or in their day-to-day life.

You can become a Dementia Friend in one of three ways:

1. Watching a video – There is a range of films available, designed to address the needs of different staff roles.  This takes 10 minutes.

2. Reading a booklet

3. Attending a face-to-face information session led by a Dementia Friends Champion. This takes around an hour. Dementia Champions will be delivering Dementia Friends Sessions in venues across Tameside.  Please visit https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/ to book onto a session near you.

Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for Health Cllr Cooney said: 

“Whether you can make forget me nots to help raise awareness or become a dementia friend - this is a great opportunity to show your support and help us make Tameside more dementia friendly. Last year all Tameside elected members were invited to take part in a dementia friends session and everyone found it a really valuable.“

I, like many other people, have a personal experience of dementia within my family. With more and more people being affected by different types of dementia, it’s important that we all find out more about the condition and how we can help.”

For further information contact Public Health Programme Officer Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477.