East Herts wins dementia friendly award from Alzheimer's Society
East Herts has been recognised as a dementia friendly community by the Alzheimer's Society thanks to the efforts of the district council.
The authority set up an East Herts Alliance with other groups, holding training sessions so that people can qualify as a dementia friend and giving talks to a wide range of community groups to help raise awareness.
Stickers on windows and doors of organisations who have signed up show people living with dementia and their carers they are understood, respected and supported.
Other initiatives include monthly dementia-friendly film screenings at Hertford Theatre and awareness sessions with emergency service crews.
Those trained to become dementia friends include East Herts councillors and staff as well as Bishop's Stortford College sixth formers.
New councillors elected after the May local elections will have dementia awareness sessions as part of their induction programme.
Claire Uwins, of the Much Hadham Health Centre patient participation group, said: "There's so much happening locally to inspire and support families to live better with dementia.
"Our community is really tuning in to what it's like to be someone living with dementia. We're now all showing much more empathy for those struggling with this often invisible disease. The Bishop's Stortford retail community and many other organisations are leading the way for us and are a key reason why the Alzheimer's Society has awarded East Herts Council with this important dementia friendly communities status. We're very lucky to be ahead of the curve."