Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, is working in partnership with Rotherfield St Martin charity and Wealden Dementia Action Alliance to raise awareness about dementia during this year’s Dementia Awareness Week.
Rotherfield St Martin (RSM) is a community-led charity dedicated to providing support for older people living in Rotherfield and surrounding areas. There are currently over 10,000 people living with dementia in East Sussex. 17-23 May is national Dementia Awareness Week and Rotherfield St Martin (RSM) are organising a range of activities encouraging people to learn more about dementia, break down the stigma and spread awareness about support available through the charity.
Nusrat is supporting Rotherfield in becoming a truly dementia-friendly community and has signed up to the Wealden Dementia Action Alliance’s Dementia Charter, which commits organisations and businesses to making small, dementia friendly changes. This will not only benefit those living with Dementia but also their families, safe in the knowledge that their loved ones are surrounded by a community that understands.
Rotherfield St Martin have set up a Dementia Information table in the foyer of the Memorial Institute in Rotherfield. Come along to learn more about how you can become a Dementia Friend.
An online shop has been set up, selling handmade Forget me not brooches, from which all proceeds go towards supporting people living with dementia in Wealden. Get yours here: www.sussexsupportservice.com/shop.html.
Nusrat Ghani said: “During this National Dementia Awareness Week, please take a moment to reflect on what small changes you can make to make your Wealden community a more understanding and caring environment. Rotherfield St Martin are a fantastic local charity and I am proud that Wealden is leading the way in making our communities dementia friendly. Since 2015, I have been a Dementia Friend, an initiative run by Alzheimer’s UK, and I previously chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Older People. I have already signed up to the Dementia Charter and I hope many businesses and organisations will follow suit.”
Find out more information about how to sign up to the Chart here.