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Council launches bid to become dementia friendly

George McNamara from the Alzheimer's society, Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, Stephanie Tufft, Chief Executive from Age UK Lancashire and Simon Clark Head of Health Environments and Neighbourhoods.

George McNamara from the Alzheimer's society, Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, Stephanie Tufft, Chief Executive from Age UK Lancashire and Simon Clark Head of Health Environments and Neighbourhoods.

 

Chorley Council has launched a pioneering bid to help the borough become ‘dementia friendly.’

It is one of the first towns in Lancashire to launch a campaign aimed at making communities more supportive of people with dementia.

Currently more than 800,000 people suffer from the illness in the UK.

Chorley Council say they want to help raise the awareness of dementia and what the illness is.

Workshops will be provided by the council for employees to help give them a better understanding of what the illness is.

Sessions could then be extended to businesses and the community throughout Chorley.

The bid is supported by Alzheimer’s UK, Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and Age UK Lancashire.

Simon Clark, head of health, environment and neighbourhoods at Chorley Council, said: “We want to take roles and co-ordinate initiatives and encourage people to understand dementia.

“We have been made a key priority by the Health Partnership and we want to look to create training and awareness sessions.”

He added: “We are going to liaise with dementia support organisations and encourage businesses to help make their staff aware of dementia.

“We are at the beginning stage of the process but we are committed to it and we hope others become committed to the cause.”

Mr Hoyle said: “I want to thank Chorley Council for the support they have shown towards the dementia friendly campaign.

“Chorley are leading a city rather than a city leading Chorley.

“We want to do something to be proud of in Chorley.”

 

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