Downham to become a dementia friendly town

Launch of the Dementia Friendly Community. Included in picture.Richard Ehlers. Amelia Worsley. Joanne Mountjoy-Dixon. Joan Alfred. Pat Dampen. Jenny Filby. ANL-150922-192908009
Launch of the Dementia Friendly Community. Included in picture.Richard Ehlers. Amelia Worsley. Joanne Mountjoy-Dixon. Joan Alfred. Pat Dampen. Jenny Filby. ANL-150922-192908009
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Downham Market to become dementia friendly community

Downham will become a Dementia Friendly Community project following the launch of the project on Tuesday.

Downham Dementia Support Association is working with Age UK Norfolk on the scheme, which aims to make the town more inclusive and understanding for people suffering from the condition.

Dementia Friendly Communities are springing up across the country, with one already running in Swaffham.

One in 53 people in Norfolk suffer from a type of dementia.

Joan Alfred, chairman of the Downham group, is urging people in the town to get involved.

She said: “Our goal is to unite the whole community in raising awareness and increasing the understanding of dementia so that people living with dementia and their carers are able to access the social life, businesses and amenities in Downham and feel at ease out and about in the town.

“Please get in touch if you would like to be involved, you don’t need to have experience of dementia to help.”

Businesses in the community can support the bid by altering signs to make it easier for people with dementia to read or by taking advantage of the free training.

The launch at the town hall was supported by youngsters from Downham Academy.

Head of house Nadine Taylor said: “It is great that our pupils are getting involved in a community event.”

For more information email joanne.mountjoy-dixon@ageuknorfolk.org.uk