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Views needed on how we can make Tamworth more dementia friendly

Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance (TDAA) is inviting carers and people living with dementia to share their views on how the town’s shops and businesses can become more dementia friendly.

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Tamworth Memory Café will be hosting a special workshop at Sacred Heart Church in Glascote on Tuesday, October 23, from 11am, when people affected by dementia are invited to share their experiences of the town’s shops and businesses and explore ideas for any improvements needed.

A lot of work has taken place in Tamworth to create a community in which people living with dementia and their carers feel understood and supported, with access to the services they need.

This has gathered pace since the town was granted Dementia Friendly Community status by the Alzheimer’s Society in May last year, and views are being sought on many different areas of day-to-day life, including leisure and recreation, fire and police services, health and social care, housing and transport, leisure and recreation, young people and students, community, voluntary and faith groups and culture.

The workshop around businesses and shops is the next area being looked at in more depth to determine what improvements could be made.

John Edwards, Chair of Tamworth DAA, said: “This, the third workshop run by Tamworth DAA, gives a voice to those living with dementia.  In the past the people of Tamworth have shown that they want to help make life easier both for those with dementia and the people who care for them.  I am expecting the same wonderful response to the outcomes of this work focusing on shops and businesses.”

Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance is a growing partnership of businesses, groups and organisations, working together to raise awareness and improve services.

Cllr Tina Clements, Dementia Champion at Tamworth Borough Council, said: “Tamworth has committed to becoming a place where people living with dementia feel understood, supported and able to access the services they need, and a lot of work is taking place through the alliance to see how this can be brought about.

“The area currently under the spotlight is shops and businesses and we would like to gain a deeper understanding of people’s experiences when using them and what improvements are needed.

“We hope that people living with dementia and those who care for and support them will attend the Memory Café this month to share their views and help bring about any change if it’s needed.”

The Memory Café is run by Home Instead Senior Care in partnership with The Heart of Tamworth Community Project and supported by Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance and Tamworth Borough Council.

More information is available from the Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance website, or www.tamworth.gov.uk/dementia-friendly.