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'Dementia Friendly Craven' launches in Skipton

'Dementia Friendly Craven' launches in Skipton

Published at 1:02pm 16th May 2017.

A new organisation called 'Dementia Friendly Craven' has been launched with an Alzheimer's Society Roadshow outside Skipton Town Hall.

It also marked the start of Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 14 to 20 May.

The new organisation is formed from the Skipton and South Craven, and the Settle Dementia Action Alliances.

At Craven District Council, Customer Services and Skipton Town Hall staff have already received dementia awareness training.

Sharon Hudson, Communications and Partnerships Manager, said: "We're delighted to be part of this initiative, as we believe it's really important for our staff to be aware of people with dementia and their needs.

"By working together, we can increase our understanding, reduce stigma, make life easier for people, and help families to continue supporting their loved ones."

'Dementia Friendly Craven' has secured funding from North Yorkshire County Council for a development worker, who will work with market towns and villages.

There are also plans to establish a support group for people with dementia, their families and carers, once the development worker is in post.

The Alzheimer's Society has two new dementia support clinics each month at Dyneley House Surgery in Skipton.

People worried about their memory or caring for someone with dementia can book appointments on 01756 799311.