Sophie puts dementia on the agenda

An Ashington-based charity worker is inviting residents, businesses and traders to form an alliance that will enable the town to become dementia-friendly.

Sophie Ford, who works for the Alzheimer’s Society, is calling on the local community to make Ashington a place where people with dementia can live well.

“There are over 4,850 people living with dementia in Northumberland but they, and their carers need support to live well with the condition,” she said.

“Communities can provide that support and being part of a Dementia Action Alliance will help them to do it.

“Now businesses, organisations and statutory services in the Ashington area are being invited to join their own Dementia Action Alliance, with the aim of developing a dementia-friendly community and change the way people respond to dementia.”

Sophie, who is based at the Alzheimer’s Society offices at Wansbeck Workspace, said partnerships would be crucial to make the area a place where people with dementia can enjoy everything on offer.

“Members of the alliance will produce action plans and will working collectively together to create a dementia-friendly community,” she added. 

Contact Sophie Ford on (01670) 813255 or email sophie.ford@alzheimers.org.uk for further details.