Dementia Day scoops top award! Another win at Examiner community awards... and how you can become a dementia friend.

More CHFT centre stage celebrations as Dementia Friendly Lindley won the Examiner ‘Community Event Award’ with CHFT colleagues very involved.

Our Chaplain George Spencer, chairman Andrew Haigh, nurse consultant Barbara Schofield and Sam Waddington and Debbie Brewins from our prevention of delirium team, were part of the Kirklees Action Alliance which staged the day back in January.

The judges said it was a trailblazing project and hoped other communities both in Kirklees and across the rest of the country are inspired to follow suit and do more to highlight dementia.

George said: "In a sense this is an award for Lindley which embraced the initiative – the businesses, schools, library and churches and other local organisations – including of course the HRI. We did not want to do something for the community but with them to increase dementia awareness and engagement.

"CHFT colleagues were involved from the outset in planning the day and taking part on the day."

He added: "I was keen for CHFT to have a significant involvement in this venture as in its way it embraces care closer to home, and offers to the community expertise and knowledge from within the Trust. "

He will be writing to the local churches thanking them for their involvement. 

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Do you want to become a Dementia Friend?

Here is an invitation to a one hour Dementia Friends Awareness Session next week. There is no need to book just come along and everyone is welcome.

Date: Monday 5th June, 11.00am – 12.00noon

Where: Barclays Bank (conference room), 17 Market Place, Huddersfield, HD1 2AA.

Why become a friend?

Because dementia is on everyone’s street, community and market place.  We all use the same shops, restaurants, services and businesses.  We all want to live well and be supported in our local community.