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Dementia Friendly Craven set to launch with Alzheimer's Society Roadshow

A new organisation 'Dementia Friendly Craven' will be launched this week with an Alzheimer's Society Roadshow outside Skipton Town Hall on Friday May 12.

The event also marks the beginning of Dementia Awareness Week, which will run from May 14 to May 19.

The Alzheimer's Society Roadshow is a large mobile facility, full of dementia resources, and will provide information and support for anyone affected by dementia.

The new organisation is formed from the Skipton and South Craven, and the Settle Dementia Action Alliances.

Sue Bradley of Age UK North Craven, who developed and launched Craven's first Dementia Action Alliance in Settle, said: "We have a unique opportunity to work together as one organisation to further our goals and progress towards making the whole of Craven 'dementia friendly'.

"Dementia is set to be the biggest killer in the 21st century. Dementia doesn't care who you are; it could affect us all. So it is important that we all become more aware of how our communities can help support people with dementia and their carers.

"In Craven work has begun, in Settle and Skipton, with the formation of local groups of interested individuals and businesses raising awareness of the small actions we can take that can make a big difference."

Antony Radley, of Skipton & South Craven Dementia Action Alliance, continued: "Organisations of all kinds can help make life a bit easier for people with dementia. Cafes, banks, sports clubs, clothes shops, police, GP surgeries, and many other organisations should get involved so that Craven is dementia-friendly."

At Craven District Council, Customer Services and Skipton Town Hall staff have already received dementia awareness training.

Sharon Hudson, Communications and Partnerships Manager, said: "We believe it's really important for our staff to be aware of people with dementia and their needs. By working together we can increase our understanding, reduce stigma, make life easier for people, and help families to continue supporting their loved ones."

Alison Wrigglesworth, Services Manager at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "We are delighted that Craven is making such positive efforts to become dementia friendly. We have two new dementia support clinics a month at Dyneley House Practice and our roadshow  bus will be available to everyone for help and advice too this Friday.

"People worried about their memory or caring for someone with dementia can book appointments at the clinics on 01756 799311 or come along for advice and support this Friday."

Dementia Friendly Craven has secured funding from North Yorkshire County Council for a development worker, who will work with the market towns and villages in the district to make Craven communities more dementia-friendly.

The development worker will listen to people with dementia and their families, bringing people together so they can say what will be helpful to them.

There are also plans to establish a peer-support group for people with dementia, their families and carers, once the development worker is in post.

During Dementia Awareness Week, Dementia Friendly Settle are running a pop up market stall at Settle Market where they will be giving advice on becoming dementia friendly. They will also be giving a short talk at the Big Breakfast run by Churches Together on Saturday May 18, and two Dementia Friends sessions will run on Wednesday May 17, from 12 noon to 1.30pm at Bentham Looking Well studios, and from 3 - 4.30pm at the Ingleton I-Centre.