Richmondshire District Council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, has told authority members she is committed to creating a dementia friendly district.
She wants to establish the authority as a dementia friendly organisation – working with partners and communities to develop similar towns and villages. In the end the district will be a recognised Dementia Friendly Community.
Around 1,000 of the 850,000 people across the UK that suffer from this problem live in Richmondshire – higher than the national average.
“We are classed as a hotspot for dementia so it is important that the council does all it can to tackle it,” said Member Champion, Councillor Lawrence Grose.
“We have already done a great deal of work towards raising awareness – including paying for graphics on the local fire engine and getting relevant literature translated into alternative languages. But we must do more. We must bring the whole community together to make a difference to those people living with dementia.”
Locally the Richmondshire Dementia Action Alliance (RDAA) is committed to delivering better outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers – with key priorities in the areas of parking and planning, business networks, culture and leisure, awareness raising and publicity.