We are pleased to announce that Crossroads Lea Valley Care Service supports the Enfield Dementia Action Alliance thanks to the hard and great job of our Trustee Anne Rehahn. Her words are given below…
I represent Crossroads Carers Trust Lea Valley Care Service on the Enfield Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA). Under the auspices of the Alzheimer’s Society, the London Borough of Enfield created a local Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) which was launched in September 2013. Membership is open to organisations and we have a wide range of members from the statutory sector, voluntary bodies, community groups as well as local businesses.
The London Borough of Enfield has been recognised as working towards a Dementia Friendly Community by the Alzheimer’s Society. This is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, supported and confident they can contribute to community life. In a dementia friendly community, people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day to day lives.
Enfield’s DAA arranges free Dementia Friends awareness sessions (www.dementiafriends.org.uk) for people at places such as the Ruth Winston Centre, local groups and churches, local rotary clubs and DAA partners. We are also working with the local authority and businesses to provide way out signs in public toilets. Since there are multiple doors in these facilities, people with dementia can be confused when trying to find their way out.
EDAA is planning local events in support of the national Dementia Action Week 11th -17th May, which we will publicise here. Another important event is the Alzheimer’s Show 2020 at London Olympia 5th – 6th June (www.alzheimersshow.co.uk). This event consists of talks from professionals and people with dementia as well as a large exhibition featuring products and services.