firefighters are latest to become 'dementia friends'
months after its formation in April, great progress is being made
by the Burnham & Highbridge Dementia Action Alliance Group,
which is working together to make both towns both more dementia-aware
and more accessible.
Wednesday 2nd August, Burnham-On-Seas fire crews undertook
their training at Burnham Fire Station, and Highbridge Medical Centre
staff undertook theirs on 15th August.
Sharon Eldergill from St Andrew's Church alsoi recently started
a Dementia Friendly service on the third Thursday of every month
at 2.30pm at St Andrews Church, which involves a short service
with well-loved hymns and prayers, followed by tea.
and Highbridge Town Councillors have also undertaken their Dementia
have also been confirmed for Burnham Information and Rescue Centre
volunteers on 22nd August, and Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard Rescue
Team and BARB on 6th September.
service spokesman said: "A very informative evening was delivered
in a fun and enjoyable way that highlighted how little we really
know about Dementia and the effects it can have on the person suffering
from this disease."
training will now help in the future if we attend incidents where
someone is suffering from Dementia. We have more understanding on
how it affects them and how we are able to help. I am pleased to
say that the whole crew on station signed up to be Dementia Friends
at the end of evening."
Matthews, Chair of the Group, said: "It is really great to
see how this is progressing, and fantastic to see how many individuals
and groups have come forward to be part of what we are aiming to
would be great if some High Street businesses came forward to be
involved as the economic value to our resort should enough take
part would be immense. Nationally the Purple Pound is estimated
to bring £249 billion into the UK economy."
the airing of Channel 4s 'Old Peoples Home for 4 Year
Olds', one of my next appeals is for any nursing homes and nurseries/pre-schools/first
schools within Burnham & Highbridge to come forward if they
would like to discuss the possibilities of working together in some
way, to perhaps form a monthly activity group or even something
like a choir."
would also be keen to hear of local support for Burnham-on-Sea to
have an official ' Changing places' facility, and have just launched
a Facebook page to support this at https://www.facebook.com/ChangingPlacesBoS/."
you would like further information on the group, whether as an individual
or business within the towns, or would like to be involved, contact
Deborah via email at firstname.lastname@example.org