Action Alliance Group formed in Burnham-On-Sea
new Dementia Action Alliance Group has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge to work towards making the towns more dementia aware.
from several organisations within the towns came together with a
common interest at the beginning of April and have already held
two meetings to discuss how the group will implement the changes
of the group is Deborah Matthews, who had already approached Burnham-On-Sea
Chamber of Commerce in January with a view to making Burnham-On-Sea
businesses both more dementia aware and more accessible.
right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As an Accessible Tourism
Officer and Dementia Champion, I was keen to speak to the local
businesses to make the resort more accessible for all. Although
dementia is the main focus of this group, I also want to educate
the businesses on becoming more accessible not just to those with
physical disabilities, but also those with mental health issues
and special educational needs."
representatives already involved in the new DAA group include Burnham-On-Sea
Memorial Hospital, St Andrews Church, Hands of Change Burnham-On-Sea,
BiARS, Community Council for Somerset, Burnham & Highbridge
Town Council and Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Ballinger, Community Agent for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge said:
"Its estimated that more than a million people in the
UK will have dementia by the year 2025. I support a number of people
with dementia and their carers in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge
and making the towns a dementia friendly community will help them
and visitors to our towns. This is a great initiative."
and Highbridge Town Council are very keen to be a real part of this
excellent initiative to promote awareness of dementia and to support
those affected," says Tatiana Cant, Town Clerk.
Dementia Champions John Hardy and Dr Avril Staunton will be coming
along to the next Town Council meeting to provide a special training
session for all councillors. Any local residents attending the meeting
will also have the benefit of hearing the training and learning
how they can help. The meeting starts at 7pm on Monday 5th June
in the Old Courthouse, Jaycroft Road.
Medical Centre staff are undertaking Dementia Friends training on
the 20th June, with Burnham Medical Centre taking part later in
will be doing a presentation on Accessible and Dementia Tourism
at the Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade AGM, which takes place at
7pm on 22nd June at The Princess Theatre.
you would like more information on the group, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or attend the next meeting on Tuesday 13th June at 6pm at BiARS
(Burnham Information Centre) on The Esplanade.