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Buckley Dementia Friendly Awards

Published: 31/05/2017

Buckley Dementia Friendly Steering Group, in association with Flintshire County Council, held their Business Awards recently at Bistre Church Hall, Buckley. The event was a celebration for the eight Buckley businesses or organisations which have been successful in achieving the status of “Working towards becoming Dementia Friendly”. These businesses have successfully pledged a minimum of 4 actions from any of the commitment sections listed below: Commitment 1: Improve staff awareness and understanding (actions include: appointing a dementia champion for the organisation, providing basic understanding of dementia to staff). Commitment 2: Review the physical environment of the store/ premises (actions include: clear signage in store, well-lit entrances). Commitment 3: Support staff who develop dementia or care for a person with dementia (actions include: changing the person’s role, providing in-house counselling). Commitment 4: Support the local community (actions include: fundraising, volunteering, charity partnerships). The Award winners were: · Horse and Jockey Pub · Warburton Window Cleaners · Square Travel · Willowdale Care Home · Bistre Church · The Windmill Centre · Coffee Truck · Michelle Cartwright Cleaning Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said: “This is the first time we have held these awards in Buckley and they have proved very successful as they help raise the profile of this illness and show what organisations can do to make life easier for people with dementia and their families. It continues the great work being done throughout the county, for example the opening of memory cafes.” Ged Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Buckley group, said: “Our group has worked really hard to raise awareness of dementia and we are committed to working with local organisations and schools to make sure Buckley is a place where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and contribute to the local community. “We have been very well supported by the team at Flintshire County Council’s Social Services Department and Buckley Town Council.” For more information, please contact Luke Pickering-Jones on 01352 702655 or PHOTO Caption: Jo Lane (Alzheimers Society), Rev Martin Batchelor, Ged Fitzpatrick, Luke Pickering-Jones (FCC), Sharon Wallace (singer) and Rosie Robertson with her mother.