Members of the Safe Haven team were recently invited to the launch of a new initiative, which aims to encourage communities to become more “dementia-friendly”.

Our local Dementia Friendly Communities’ programme, which was hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society, took place at the Memorial Centre, in Stokenchurch, and was attended by organisations such as Carers Bucks, Prevention Matters, Age UK and Buckinghamshire County Council.

Soon to be running across a number of local communities in our county, these programmes will focus on improving inclusion and the quality of life of those who are affected by dementia. Their core values will include making more people aware of, and giving them a better understand of dementia, together with encouraging sufferers and their carers to seek much-needed help and support, while making them feel included in their respective communities, be more independent and have more choice and control over their lives.

We were delighted to meet numerous like-minded people from a variety of local services at the event, and did not hesitate to register as “Dementia Friends” as we are firm believers of the importance of linking up with such community projects.

Together, we know we can reach out to individuals in need of our collective help and support, and so look forward to attending the next meet-up, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, and to promoting a more dementia-friendly approach in our local community.

For more information, please visit: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/