One of the aims of our project is to work towards making Broadstone a Dementia Friendly Community. We have recently had some very attractive window stickers printed and there are already some on display in Broadstone shops and other organisations where staff have undertaken dementia friendly training. We need many more businesses and organisations to participate and display the window stickers to publicise that we are a Dementia Friendly Community. Please do contact Annette Brooke via this website for your free stickers if you feel that you already qualify as ‘dementia friendly’ or if you would like a short training session provided for your staff at a convenient time for you.
Tbe stickers have already been placed in the following locations in Broadstone :
As a High Street firm of solicitors serving the whole of the Poole Bournemouth conurbation my firm aims to provide the whole community with whatever legal advice support and assistance it may need. Given that there are estimated to be at least 5000 people living in Poole and Bournemouth with Dementia of varying types, they, their loved ones and their families are all likely to need legal services. Indeed it is believed that two thirds of these people are still living in the community. So for my firm it was an absolute no brainer to ensure that all of our reception team (as well as all staff in our specialist Wills and Probate department) at our 5 offices received training via the Alzheimer’s Society to become Dementia Friends a couple of years ago.
Broadstone Stepping Stones Project was launched following a very well attended conference at Broadstone Methodist Church in May 2014. Keynote speakers were Jeremy Hughes, CE of the Alzheimer’s Society and former Health and Care Minister, Paul Burstow. Presentations were also given from local health and voluntary organisations. The theme of the Conference was how could Broadstone work towards becoming a dementia friendly community.
Following the Conference a Steering Group was set up with representatives from key organisations in the community. A mission statement was drawn up and agreed.