Alzheimer’s Society – Memory Cafe Dates for 2017

Alzheimer’s Society have announced new dates for Memory Cafes in Sefton.


Crosby
10am – 12pm (1st Wednesday of each month)
Crossroads Cafe, 71B Liverpool Road, Crosby, L23 5SE

4th January – 1st February – 1st March – 5th April – 3rd May – 7th June – 5th July – 2nd August – 6th September – 4th October – 1st November – 6th December

Nearest train station: Crosby & Blundellsands
Suggested bus service: Circular
Good parking facilities.


Southport
1.30pm – 3.30pm (3rd Thursday of each month)
Salvation Army, 57-63 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AJ

19h January – 16th February – 16th March – 20th April – 18th May – 15th June – 20th July – 17th August – 21st September – 19th October – 16th November – 21st December

Nearest train station: Southport (25 min walk – taxis outside)
Suggested bus service: 43
Parking available


Formby
2pm – 4pm (2nd Thursday of each month)
Formby Methodist Church, Elbow Lane, L37 4AF

12th January – 9th February – 9th March – 13th April – 11th May – 8th June – 13th July – 10th August – 14th September – 12th October – 9th November – 14th December

Nearest train station: Formby
Suggested bus service: Circular
Good parking facilities.


Maghull
2pm – 4pm (Last Thursday of each month)
Lydiate Village Centre, Lambshear Lane, L31 2LA

26th January – 23rd February – 30th March – 27th April – 25th May – 29th June – 27th July – 31st August – 28th September – 26th October – 30th November

Nearest train station: Maghull (1.5 miles)
Suggested bus service: 231
Good parking facilities.


Memory cafes are informal drop in groups where people living with dementia and their carers can get together to share and talk about things that are important to them. Alzheimer’s Society staff will be on hand to give information and support. At some events, guest speakers will attend to cover a range of topics. There is no need to book, just go along on the day and you will be made very welcome.

You can find out more about the work of Alzheimers society here: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Sefton CCGs to become ‘dementia friendly’

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have signed up to become ‘Dementia Friends’ and are well on their way to reaching their target after gaining some training from the top doctor who is leading this work.

Both CCGs are working towards being ‘dementia friendly’ with 100 reception staff at Sefton GP practices already having received the training. In addition, a group of staff at the CCGs’ offices received training from the National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England, Alistair Burns,

He said: “It was fantastic to be here and I was delighted to meet with so many people at the CCG. It was good to hear about the work they are already doing to improve dementia diagnosis rates in Sefton and the post diagnosis support that they are offering to patients.

“I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and energy in the room and thoroughly enjoyed the session which so many people attended. It is good news to hear that the CCG are amongst the few CCGs who have signed up to become dementia friendly. It is so important to raise as much awareness as we can and with their partners I’m sure the message will be spread far and wide.”

The CCGs’ have signed a pledge with Sefton Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), supporting the national movement to bring about a society wide response to dementia. The Sefton DAA is made up of organisations in the borough who aim to work together to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. Its official launch in Sefton is in Dementia Awareness Week on Wednesday 18th May.

Part of the CCGs’ action plan in the alliance is to raise awareness about dementia in the community and to encourage member practices and providers to become dementia friends, which they have both started working on.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at both CCGs, said: “Dementia is a priority area for both CCGs which is why the training was important to us. At the session when staff were asked if anyone in the room knew someone with dementia, of course, over half the room lifted their hands. We were asked to make a pledge and on behalf of the CCG I am keen to spread the word on dementia and whilst we’ve work to do to improve care and the diagnosis rate, I am really pleased that the CCGs are becoming dementia friendly and that we are part of the alliance, which is so important for Sefton.

“Dementia is of interest to everyone, not only on a personal level but on a professional one as well. It’s so important that people understand how someone with dementia may feel in certain situations. Thanks to Alistair for running the session for us, I’m sure we’ll all wear our badges proudly.

“Small changes to the way our society, communities, shops and businesses are run can make a huge difference to people with dementia. By improving awareness and having a greater understanding of dementia we can hopefully make a real difference to those living with dementia and their carers.”

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face to face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch their online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

For more information visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk