Wokingham businesses urged to support people with dementia0
Businesses and organisations in the Wokingham Borough are being called on to join bus drivers, librarians, shops, gardeners and the borough council in supporting local people with dementia.
Wokingham Borough libraries, Readibus, Green n’ Tidy, Tesco and Wokingham Borough Council are among those who have signed up to join the Wokingham Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) already. It is hoped that more local organisations will sign up before the official launch of the alliance on Tuesday May 20.
The launch event, at the Bradbury Centre, Rose Street, Wokingham from 11am, will feature a number of speakers from DAA members as well as Wokingham Town Mayor Cllr Martin Bishop. Harmony Choir, a singing group of young people with dementia, will also provide some rousing song.
The DAA is set to be the backbone of the wide-ranging work that is going on across Wokingham to make the town more dementia friendly. Last month, the town successfully gained ‘Working towards becoming dementia friendly’ status from Alzheimer’s Society. The recognition publicly shows that communities are following common criteria that are based on what research shows is important to people affected by dementia and will truly change their experience.
The aim of the DAA is to help create a community where people with dementia feel confident, understood and supported to live well.