Derby City Dementia service has been shortlisted for two major awards!

October 2019

The whole team, including dementia advisers Angela Meynell, Angie Soppet, Wendy Burton, Kirsty Rushforth, Julie Matthews, Sam Pritchard, Beth Reed and team leader Mary Brown, has been nominated for a Great British Care Award in the East Midlands region and a National Dementia Care Award.

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Derby City Dementia Team runs 14 different dementia friendly activity sessions every month as well as supporting families at the point of diagnosis.

The eight-strong team of dementia advisers provides a vital lifeline for local families, holding monthly meet ups at venues around Derby, including Pride Park Stadium, the Indian Community Centre in New Normanton, Spondon Methodist Church, Markeaton Park and Elvaston County Park.

Regular activities include a dementia friendly gardening group, singing sessions, exercise classes, a lunch club, an under-65s group, crafting classes and family carer support sessions. All of the activities are free, except the monthly lunch club at Alvaston Methodist Church, which costs £3.

Mary Brown, team leader, Derby City Dementia Service, “The team and our amazing volunteers support people with dementia right from the beginning of their journey. We believe that with the correct support, people with dementia can live well and more independently for longer.

“We help families with forward planning, with maximising household benefits, looking holistically around the needs of the person with dementia and the needs of their carers and families, and aid everyone to understand what a diagnosis of dementia means. We are here to make sure people keep living life to the full.

“We really appreciate being named finalists in two sets of dementia care awards.”

Rachel Peacock, CEO, Making Space, said: “The Derby City Dementia Service does an incredible job supporting people living with dementia and their families and friends. The partnerships they form and their intergenerational work with schools reaches out into the whole community, helping Derby to be a more dementia friendly city.”

The team will find out if they are the winners at the National Dementia Care Awards 2019 and the Great British Care Awards East Midlands in early November.

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