Dementia Friendly Haywards Heath – Friends Open Forum – Thursday May 21st 2015

For more information, or book your place for the Open Forum or the Dementia Friends Day, call Fatima on 01444 455 694.

A group of volunteers – led by our Town Council and including the local Nuffield Hospital, The Orchards Shopping Centre, Mid Sussex Older People’s Council, Warden Park Academy Trust, PRH and the Town Team – has come together to launch the Haywards Heath Dementia Friendly Action Group.

 Supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, this Group has been working since the Town Council’s Dementia Open Forum last year to plan how we can make our Town a truly ‘friendly’ place and, in doing so, making a real difference to those living with this disease and their relatives, friends and neighbours

Following this, on Thursday 21st May, a Dementia Friends Day is planned, where all local companies, organisations and businesses are invited to come along for a 50-minute help session which are being run throughout the day from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm. Led by Dementia Champions, these are a ‘must’ for all public-facing staff as they give tips on how to be aware and provide help and support.

Chairman of the Action Group, David Williams, has been astounded at the response from so many people: “We all know someone whose life has been touched by this disease, but to find that seven nurses and health professionals from our local Nuffield Hospital have given up their time to be trained as Dementia Champions must make us all feel quite humble. At the same time Nicola Bird, Manager of our local Orchards Shopping Centre, is looking to provide better signage. All in all we, as a Group, are determined we’re going to make a real difference and, with this kind of commitment, I know we will!”

Fatima Mirza, Haywards Heath Town Council’s Community Liaison Officer hopes that everyone will come along to learn more at some point on Thursday 21st May: “The sessions are only just under an hour and being held both in the Nuffield Hospital and at the Town Hall, so it really would be possible for everyone to come along before, during or after the working day; you’ll be surprised just how much of a difference YOU can make!” 



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