Find out how you can support dementia friendly drive

A free drop-in event for anyone who would like to learn more about helping make Tamworth dementia friendly is being held next month.

The Alzheimer’s Society, supported by Tamworth Borough Council, is holding the information event on Monday November 21st, from 11.30am to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm at the Communities Together CIC Hub in the Activity Centre in Tamworth Castle Grounds.

The event will offer a wide range of information on how people living with dementia and their carers can be helped. There will also be information on joining the Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance and the work that is being done in the borough towards the aim of Tamworth becoming a dementia friendly community.

Members of local groups, businesses and individuals are invited to drop in to the event for a cup of tea and an informal chat. There will also be the opportunity to register an interest in becoming involved with the Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance.

Tamworth is working towards its goal of becoming a dementia friendly community. There are more than 100 dementia friendly communities in the UK, aiming to help people with dementia and their carers feel safe, supported and able to remain involved in community life.

In June this year, the proposal to work towards achieving dementia friendly status for the borough, put forward by the Healthier & Safer Scrutiny Committee, received full Cabinet backing. Then in August, the Alzheimer’s Society’s Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance formally granted membership to Tamworth Borough Council, putting the borough well on the way towards achieving dementia friendly status.

Cllr Andrew James, Member Champion for the dementia friendly project, said: “I would encourage everyone with an interest in helping make Tamworth a dementia friendly community to come along to this free drop-in event.

“Whether you are affected by dementia, if you are the carer, relative or friend of someone with dementia or you just want to find out more, we would be very pleased to see you.”

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “One of the main objectives of Tamworth Borough Council is to enable people to live a quality life in Tamworth, by supporting and protecting vulnerable people, enabling residents to improve their quality of life and working to tackle inequality.

“The journey towards Tamworth achieving dementia friendly status helps to make Tamworth a place where people with dementia, and their carers, can be treated with respect.”

For more information on the Dementia Friendly Tamworth information drop-in event on Monday November 21, contact David Barnes from the Alzheimer’s Society on or Karen Clancy at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709565.