Matthew Moors, Brighton & Hove Dementia Action Alliance, presents Amanda Attrell with Rix & Kay’s Dementia Friendly Kite mark
Brighton & Hove Dementia Action Alliance have been awarded the Dementia Friendly kite mark for ‘working to help Brighton & Hove become a Dementia Friendly Community’ following a huge effort by the Dementia Action Alliance to raise awareness through a wide range of community based initiatives.
Last week Brighton & Hove Dementia Action Alliance was joined by Brighton Mayor, Mo Marsh and Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant for the opening of the Memory Moments café at the well renowned Bevy Community Pub. The initiative encourages those living with dementia to enjoy everyday and routine activities like going out for a coffee.
Matthew Moors, who leads Brighton & Hove Dementia Action Alliance explains:
“It’s brilliant to see our projects making a real difference and our new Dementia Cafes have been a huge success. Other projects have used film, music and drama to help celebrate the lives of people living with dementia and we have also delivered an extensive programme of dementia awareness raising workshops for businesses and organisations. As well as all this we are starting a chess club at Age UK Brighton & Hove to look at helping reduce cognitive decline and reduce isolation”
Now leading regional law firm, Rix & Kay have challenged the professional and business community in Brighton and the wider South East, to do more to support those living with Dementia.
Rix & Kay have teamed up with Brighton & Hove Dementia Action Alliance, hosted by Age UK Brighton and Hove, to encourage more businesses across the City to take direct action to help make their organisations Dementia Friendly.
Mathew Moors continues,
“There are more than 2,800 people living with dementia in Brighton & Hove. Sometimes something as simple as going to the bank can be a daunting prospect so the professional community needs to do more to accommodate and make it easier for those that are living with dementia.
The work we have already done and attaining the kite mark for the City has been a great achievement, and Brighton & Hove should be very proud. However, most of the initiatives focus on leisure and social support.
“What we recognise is that people need more support to accommodate their everyday needs so things like going to the bank or the shops become less stressful and more like an everyday task that someone living with dementia can feel confident about doing. The easiest way for organisations to make a difference in this regard is to raise awareness of dementia to their employees through some awareness raising events so they are better placed to engage with people living with dementia in a supportive way”.
Ellen Jones, a family carer and Dementia Friends Champion herself says ” My mums had dementia, since 2009, so the more that people know about dementia and the things they can do to help and support people with dementia and their carers, the better and that’s what the Dementia Action Alliance is all about”
Rachel Cashman, new CEO at Age UK Brighton and Hove adds “We are delighted to be hosting the local Dementia Action Alliance and would urge all local businesses to take inspiration from Rix & Kay in providing staff and volunteers with dementia awareness, looking at how they can improve service delivery for people living with dementia and their carers as well as supporting our efforts to reduce the isolation felt by people after diagnosis”
Rix & Kay have already been through this exercise and have become one of the first organisations in Brighton to engage 100% of their workforce through the Dementia Friends Information Sessions. It means that all of Rix & Kay’s staff have a better understanding of dementia, how it may affect a person and what actions they can take to support and make it easier for individuals living with Dementia and their families to access its services. The firm’s achievement has been recognised by being awarded the Dementia Friendly Kite mark. Rix & Kay have earned similar recognition in Kent through its work in Sevenoaks and Ashford.
Now Rix & Kay want to encourage other organisations in Brighton to become Dementia Friendly by offering specialist Information Sessions to the many businesses it works with.
Amanda Attrell who is a Dementia Friends Champion and leads Rix & Kay’s specialist Later Life Team that provides services to those living with dementia, explains:
“I’m one of two Dementia Friends Champions at Rix & Kay. This means I’m a trained volunteer that can provide Information Sessions that aim to increase understanding of dementia and inspire people to take action to help support people affected by dementia in their community. The Information sessions are free and last no longer than an hour.”
“There are Information Sessions taking place across the country which the general public can attend. It is also possible for businesses and organisations to hold private sessions for their staff. This is a simple yet hugely effective way to help businesses become more aware of dementia and ultimately to help make their organisations more accessible to others”.
Rix & Kay plan to host morning Information Sessions for the public as well as offering Sessions to regional businesses. The initiative is part of the firm’s making law easy proposition that focuses on making legal services as easy and accessible as it can possibly be for both business and individuals.
For more information about Dementia Friends Information Sessions email : firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about joining the Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance email Matthew Moors : DementiaA@ageuk-bh.org.uk