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Billericay given dementia friendly community status

26 July 2019

Billericay given dementia friendly community status

Billericay has secured recognition as a town as a dementia friendly community by dementia support charity, the Alzheimer’s Society.

The positive news is a culmination of a year’s work by the Billericay Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group hosted bimonthly at Anisha Grange, our care home on Outwood Common Road.

In order to receive the recognition, the Billericay DAA which currently has 20 members including Billericay Striders, Santander, Billericay Town Council and Forget Me Not Memory Cafe submitted its action plan to the charity with three core objectives.

This included engaging with key stakeholders on Billericay High Street to become members of the DAA, promoting and aggregating dementia friendly initiatives in the town and hosting and championing bespoke events to raise awareness and funds to support local dementia support services.

The steering group officially received the recognition last week.

Billericay DAA Chairman, and Customer Relationship Manager at Anisha Grange, Carl Roberts: “It is fantastic that the Alzheimer’s Society has recognised the Billericay DAA’s action plan and Billericay as a town as a dementia friendly community. There have been many hours given by our members to creating this action plan and each of the 20 members each have their own individual plans. This was the easy part and now the hard work begins putting this plan into action and for us as a community to come together to make Billericay truly dementia friendly.”

Maureen Lee, Dementia Champion and Trustee of The Cater Museum: “I am very impressed with the commitment and energy of everyone involved. We hope that over the next year more and more businesses, community groups, schools and anyone who’d like to will join us to take forward developing our caring town as a dementia friendly community to better support all those living with and affected by dementia.”

Mark Neville Essex Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator: “The Billericay DAA shows just how much can be achieved when people work together. The ongoing successes resulting from the work of the Billericay DAA will be of benefit to everyone not just those affected by dementia.”

The next Dementia Alliance meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th September at 2pm at Anisha Grange Care Home on Outwood Common Road.

For more information, or if you would like to join, please contact Carl Roberts on 01277 658 529 or at carl.roberts@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk

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