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By 2015, the Alzheimer’s Society want there to be one million people with the know-how to help people with dementia, feel understood and included in their community.
In March 2012 the Prime Minister, David Cameron launched his challenge on Dementia. The commitments to action were:
• To create dementia-friendly communities
• By 2015, up to 20 cities, towns and villages will have signed up to become dementia-friendly
• Support from leading businesses for the PM's challenge on dementia
• An awareness-raising campaign
• The Dementia Friendly Communities programme working in partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance will develop evidence on what a dementia-friendly community is
Our firm’s Dementia Friends Champions are Veronica Mullins, who is a Solicitor and Partner and Michael Robinson who is a Trainee Solicitor, both in the Private Client department.
Following training by the Alzheimer's Society, both Veronica and Michael are now able to run Friends' information sessions. They are going to be conducting these sessions for the entire firm over all 10 offices, allowing all staff to become Dementia Friends and understand all the different actions they can do that could help someone living with dementia in their communities.
The Friends’ Information Sessions enables a Dementia Friend to learn a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action.
The Dementia Action Alliance brings together organisations across England committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Veronica and Michael have spearheaded the firm’s aims and Ramsdens Solicitors are now members of Calderdale Dementia Action Alliance and Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, enabling Ramsdens to continue to work towards becoming a dementia friendly organisation. The action plan will shortly be submitted to Wakefield Dementia Action Alliance.
As a firm we are working with and supporting the alliances to spread awareness of dementia in the communities and beyond to which we offer our legal services too.
For more information on our action plan, visit the Dementia Action Alliance website or why not watch their TV advert here.