Welwyn Hatfield organisations encouraged to build a dementia friendly community

PUBLISHED: 13:57 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:58 18 May 2017

Dementia Friends session at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council this week.

Dementia Friends session at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council this week.


Businesses and voluntary groups can help make life easier for anyone living with dementia in Welwyn Hatfield by joining the Welwyn Hatfield Dementia Action Alliance (WHDAA).

DAA members agree on simple actions, including encouraging staff to become ‘Dementia Friends’, helping them understand more about the disease and decreasing the isolation felt by many living with dementia and their carers.

The aspiration of the Welwyn Hatfield DAA, set up last year by the council and other local partners, is for the borough to become a dementia friendly community.

Councillor Fiona Thomson, chair of the DAA, explains: “We’re urging local businesses and voluntary groups to become members of the DAA during Dementia Awareness Week.

“It’s predicted around 1,600 residents will be living with dementia by 2020 and we want to make Welwyn Hatfield a place where they are supported and can live comfortably and well, as a valued part of our communities.

“We have a wide range of members, including John Lewis, Age UK, Herts Fire and the police, and they’re all seeing the benefits of their staff understanding more about how dementia could affect their interactions with people.”

If your business or voluntary group would like to join the Welwyn Hatfield DAA, contact Chris Beach on c.m.beach@welhat.gov.uk or visit the Welwyn Hatfield Dementia Action Alliance website http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk

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