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Dementia Friends and the fire service

Date : 08 May 2019


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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Dementia Action Week with special events.

Dementia Action Week (20 - 26 May 2019) aims to unite people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

The Service is holding Dementia Friends sessions for the public and colleagues, as well as launching a new leaflet aimed at supporting those affected by dementia.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Andrews said: 

“Dementia is a known factor in many of the incidents we attend – and can also impact on the family and friends of our colleagues. That’s why we have made a commitment to supporting the Alzheimer’s Society by helping to create dementia-friendly communities. Over two and a half million people have become Dementia Friends so far and we hope more people will join us at The Ridge Community Fire Station to join the team.”

He added: 

“Being a Dementia Friend simply means learning more about dementia, putting yourself in the shoes of someone living with the condition, and turning your understanding into action. From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts.”

If you are interested in attending the event at 15.30 on 24 May 2019 at The Ridge Community Fire Station, please contact communications@esfrs.org to book a place.

The Service is also launching a new information booklet at a special event on 16 May 2019 at Chanctonbury Healthcare in Alfriston.

Health Co-ordinator Sophie Hepworth said:

“The booklet is full of useful tips that may help to make a person with dementia safer in their home; and was a result of collaboration with Chanctonbury Healthcare, the Wealden Dementia Action Alliance, local GP Surgeries and the Fire Service Safe and Well Advisors” 

It can be downloaded via the website www.esfrs.org/dementiafriendly  or you can order copies by email sophie.hepworth@esfrs.org 


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