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St Andrew's is working to become a dementia friendly church

Forget-me-not It is estimated that nearly 9,000 people are living with dementia in Worcestershire, and it is important that we take action now to support anyone affected by dementia to live well in their community.

We are part of an initiative to make Ombersley a village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.

In a dementia friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.

We encourage church members to become Dementia Friends. A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended an hour long information session, and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little better.

Each of us a can do our best to: If you care for an adult with care and support needs, and worry that they might go missing, you may be interested in the The Herbert Protocol. This a national scheme adopted by the Warwickshire and West Mercia Police services. It encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about the person with dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing.

For more information visit:

   Dementia Friends (www.dementiafriends.org.uk)
   Dementia Action Alliance (www.dementiaaction.org.uk)    (search for "Ombersley" to see local initiatives)
   The Alzheimer's Society (www.alzheimers.org.uk)

You can see details of St Andrew's action plan here.

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